Thursday, February 02, 2006

Oobie invasion

Those of you with small children may recognize this:
Yeah, that's some weirdo Noggin show called Oobi. I don't know the point of the show; we don't really watch it, since we don't have cable.

Anyhow, my point (and I do have one) is that yesterday, after never having seen this show, my 20-month-old daughter found a pair of Mr. Potato Head eyes, stuck them between her index and middle fingers, and then tried moving her little thumb, like a puppet. She couldn't really move her thumb right, since she's not quite as good at that fine motor skill as she'd like, but she did make silly noises and facial expressions, as if her hand-face was talking and those were the faces he was making.

Bizarro Dad began cracking up. "She's doing it!" he cried. I turned to see. "I haven't done that for her in a long time," he said. This reminded me that I do, on occasion, make the hand-face with the Potato Head eyes. But it's been a while. A long while.

I don't know whether to be disappointed that Sia didn't "invent" the hand-face, or excited that she is beginning to develop her long-term memory. I'll choose to be excited. Either way, it was still just plain funny watching her.


Cowboy said...

Oobi. We have cable, but I don't think we've ever watched it. And I don't think we will, either. That whole eyeballs on the fingers thing kinda creeps me out.

But cute moment!!! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Oobie bashers are missing the point of being a small child. The brilliance of oobie & bare hand puppetry is how it encourages children to develop their imaginiation. Just like your daughter, children can engage in creative dramatic play with only their bare hands! Furthermore, parents of preschool age children should read any books by Vivian Gussin Paley to get a better understanding of just how powerful story is to young children's development.