Toddler Brain and Cheerios. I was forwarded this on Facebook and so I have no idea who created it, but whomever you are, you are spot on. Take a look at this.
Let’s start with the “Worthwhile Food Cortex“. Why do toddlers love Cheerios? I had a free packet in the mail a few months ago and Jensen adores them. He eats them, sprinkles them around and even feeds them to his dinosaurs.
|Boris, with his breakfast of Cheerios and Play Doh.|
The Play Doh in Boris’ mouth is testament to the accuracy of that drawing. Jensen tried it once, realised how salty it was and we never went there again. Some children really do love that stuff, I remember as a child my cousin eating a whole pink sausage made out of it. We all stared in awe.
Jensen is also a fan of little Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers when they are in the house and certainly whatever I have on my plate is way more appealing than his. Although he will claim that whatever is on my plate is his regardless if asked.
Let’s pass over to the “Muppet Appreciation Lobe“. I cannot recall how many times our DVD box set of the Muppets has been bought out and waved in our faces until we give in. Jensen LOVES them. He gets all excited about various characters and his favourites are Kermit and Gonzo at the moment. The only names he can really say though, are ELMO and ROWLF. He’s never seen Elmo on TV, only in the toy catalogue and toy store, so why ELMO? Whomever noted that on the drawing must be hard wired to a toddler’s brain.
“Phone Call Interruption Ganglia“. This one is super cute in our house. If Jensen can figure out whom is speaking on the telephone, and it’s someone he knows, he wants to talk to them. The bizarre thing is, he actually does conduct a conversation. Speak to him and he’ll listen intently and respond. Sometimes it’s a, “Hmm” and he points at things in the house and sometimes if you ask him what he’s been doing and he can’t articulate it, he will run over to whatever it was he was up to with the phone and show the person on the other end. Then he’ll say goodbye and blow a kiss. Gav and I were absolutely blown away the first time he spoke on the phone. We expected him to play with it, press some buttons and run away. Amazing. He has real expression and fantastic intonation in his voice and when you’re speaking with him you know he’s engaged.
I won’t go into the rest of the areas of the Toddler Brain at the moment, but when this landed on my Facebook page, I was open-mouthed. How can all toddlers like the same things? Why? Now I’m curious as to whether we are all so predictable in life.