We have a new toy tool in the house. A typewriter! It's only been a week or so, but it's gotten just about nonstop use during that time. Maia loves it. Daphne loves it. All the kids who come over want to type on it.
I picked the typewriter up at the thrift store for five bucks last fall. My plan was to give it to Maia as a Christmas gift, but for some reason I had a bit of a mental block over it. It took me over six months to sit down and figure out what kind of typewriter ribbon it needed and then to go buy it. Why did I think it would be so complicated? It was actually super easy.
Do you want to know why I bought a typewriter? I had visions of Maia sitting down and writing letters to her grandma and creating her own little books. I thought it would be fun, sure, but I also thought it would be a novel way for her to work on her writing.
Has she written any letters or books yet? Uh, noooo... Instead there is a stack of papers that look much like this one--gobbledegook. She mostly just has fun banging away on the keys as fast as she can. She gets a kick out of asking me to read them and then bends over double laughing when I sound it all out.
While I'm kind of wishing she would write something "real" on it, I'm reminding myself to just let her play. I love seeing her have so much fun with it. And knowing her, the writing will come eventually when she's inspired and not because I want her to do it.