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Toddler Bike Mechanic [20150511|15:54]
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[Photo of Humuhumu concentrating very hard on wielding a screwdriver on Rita, my old red bicycle.]

The bloke sent the above photo to his father. Father-out-law's reply? "It looks like she's loosening the brake cable. Are you sure she hasn't taken out a life insurance policy on you?" Ah, thank you, sir, for stoking our fears that we are, indeed, raising a Stewie.

(She decided to work on this bicycle unprompted. The bloke went off to fetch something from inside the house and when he came back, she was tinkering with the screwdriver, copying his actions.)


[Photo of Humuhumu helping the bloke scrub down one of the hybrids.]

In other cognitive development news, Humuhumu has been playing with an app called Toca Mini for over a year. The characters start out completely blank - solid white, with no features. About six months ago I asked her to start taking photos whenever she finished a design, and she almost always does it. The photos automatically back up from my phone to my Google account.

She designed a character this morning and it struck me that she'd made a sudden leap in understanding the symmetry and positioning of facial features. I mean apart from the fact that she always gives her characters four eyes (the maximum permitted by the app), she now deliberately puts them all on the same horizontal line, and spaces out the nose and mouth beneath them. There's a marked difference between the characters she produced a month or two ago, and the one from this morning.


[Toca Mini character designed by Humuhumu, May 2015]


[Toca Mini character designed by Humuhumu, April 2015]


[Toca Mini character designed by Humuhumu, March 2015]

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[User Picture]From: moosedevil
2015-05-11 17:00 (UTC)
Those are awesome :) I must get that app for Rose!
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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2015-05-11 17:24 (UTC)
I want the app for myself!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-05-11 20:33 (UTC)
I test out all the games I download before she plays them, and I must confess I spend quite a lot longer on the Toca Boca games than I really need to. :P
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-05-11 20:32 (UTC)
All the Toca Boca apps are great (except for Toca Cars, that one's a bit dull). They're not cheap, but I think they're worth it for the quality of the games as well as the absence of advertising and no in-app purchases. Humuhumu's favourites are Pet Doctor, Mini and Hair Salon 2.
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[User Picture]From: attimes_bracing
2015-05-11 18:32 (UTC)
That's one sharp cookie.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-05-11 20:45 (UTC)
She pays very close attention to everything we do. Especially her Daddy.
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[User Picture]From: dylsexia
2015-05-11 21:37 (UTC)
That's awwdorable :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-05-22 13:46 (UTC)
Hee. Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: mysterysquid
2015-05-12 10:19 (UTC)
So many eyes... O_o
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-05-22 13:46 (UTC)
You may also notice that her favourite mouth is the one with fangs.
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[User Picture]From: owlfish
2015-05-21 10:44 (UTC)
Thank you for the Toca Mini recommendation - Grouting has been regularly engaged by it, over the last week+.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-05-22 13:50 (UTC)
Oh, yay! I'm so glad. Humuhumu has two other favourites among the Toca apps: Toca Kitchen (where you can select and cook foods to feed to a cat, a cow and two children) and Toca Hair Salon 2 (hair cutting, washing and styling). With the latter I feel it's important to note that all the tools and accessories can be applied to all the characters, male or female or indeterminate, so if you want to buzzcut someone's head and spray half of it pink and other half black, you can.
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