Peter has been experimenting with words for some time now. But the new development is that he is beginning to SING. On pitch, no less. Pretty amazing for a 24 month old.
His mother will sing a song and leave out some of the words. He will fill in those words pretty much on pitch when she points to him. Currently, he likes singing "I'll Make a Man Out of You" from Disney's Mulan. When left on his own, he likes taking some kind of stick out in the back yard and doing Martial Arts moves while he sings this song to himself.
And speaking of sticks, after his mother's Middle School Band Concert, she let him try out a clarinet. He was so delighted with himself that he could blow and get some musical sounds out of that curious black stick. Usually he just fights imaginary battles with sticks like that!
I can't help but think of the old nursery rhyme when I watch Peter. Only I'd have to modify the rhyme a bit for him.
"Sticks and bugs and all kinds of balls, that's what Peter is made of."
We catch him eating worms and bugs all the time. And don't let's get started about this kid and balls. Suffice it to say that he LOVES playing with balls --- basketballs, footballs, baseballs, soccer balls, little or big, soft or hard, Peter LOVES playing with balls!
I am always so amazed that these little people start developing their own personalities and likes right from the get-go. And don't let anyone tell you that little kids can't start learning to sing when they are babies! They can! And they SHOULD! It just takes dedicated parents who will model the joy of singing with them.