There is a song...about balloons... and colours...on Youtube. It is called... wait for it..."The Balloon Song (for learning colours)". Go have a listen. I did try download the link so I could share this delightful song with all of you but it automatically starts playing this song of delight and as the lil dude is lying sleeping next to me I can think of nothing more irritating right now than having him wake-up and demand to hear The Balloon Song.
And demand he will because Sam listens to The Balloon Song on average (and no,
this is no exaggeration) about 50 times. Each and every day. And while I don't deny the role The Balloon Song has had in Sam learning his colours, it does not take away from the fact that it is the most stuck-in-your-brain-like-no-other-song-in-the-history-of-all-songs kinda song. And yes, at random intervals throughout the day we will all find ourselves, to our horror, singing The Balloon Song.
And yet still, none of us have quite memorised the correct pattern of the song as Sam has. On Thursday evening Sam and I were enjoying our usual bathtime singalong and started on our first rendition of TBS. I sang 'red balloon', Sam signed 'red balloon'. I sang 'blue balloon', Sam signed 'blue balloon'. I sang 'green balloon', Sam signed 'white balloon'???
Uh no Sam... it's green after white. Started over but the same thing happened. And again. Eventually I asked Meg to bring me the iPad so I could help Sam right. The song started (feel free to sing along folks)
'Red red balloon, floating in the sky.
Blue blue balloon, floating up so high.
(See? The lyrics are riveting!)
White white balloon.....'
Say what? What happened to green? Oh pish posh. Green? White? What's the big diff anyway? Lol!
Only after did I think about the dangerous can of worms I might have opened by bringing the iPad into the bathroom but thankfully there was no request of this kind from Sam the following night. And nevermind twinning (a fascinating quirk RTS peeps have which requires that they be, for instance, watching the same movie on their iPad and the tele at the same time) Sam has now acquired Tripling... with TBS on tv, on his iPad and homemade balloon flashcards for that extra tactile effect!