We’re back for another week of Childhood 101’s We Play!
This time it is the big girls who are playing… with old technology!
We dragged out the old typewriter after school today.
When we were fist given the typewriter about a year ago, the girls were fascinated by how it worked. They immediately got the idea that the typewriter works like tiny stamps… each time you press a letter it is ‘stamped’ onto the page. They were used to a computer keyboard for typing so it took them a while to get the hang of pressing the keys hard enough to make a mark, not to mention accepting the fact that there was no magic delete button when they made a mistake!
They still love the novelty of the typewriter and now that their reading and writing is taking off in leaps and bounds they have re-newed interest and purpose – typing stories.
One types her words out on the page, while the other illustrates the story, then they swap. It’s a story about fairies of course!
The Small Boy had a go too (because anything the girls can do he can do too!). It is really a bit hard for an almost three year old to resist bashing all the keys at once and getting them all stuck together – but with a bit of guidance and support he had a great time too.
They may be old technology but typewriters are heaps of fun!