20 meters of bliss Toilet paper – a toy for everyonekidsparentschild2 years3 yearsFeuilletonchildrenkidLenka Míkovcová4 years5 yearsmotivationentertainmentdiscovertoilet papermeasuremeasuringperiod of measuringstudymaterial
A roll of toilet paper is exactly 20 meters and 25 centimetres long. We know this, because we measured it. The fascination of the length of toilet paper peaked when Kryštof and Eliška’s were 1 ½ to 2 years old. Jonáš was around 3 years old, due to the toiler paper’s ability to dissolve in bath water.
If it weren’t for the wisdom of books, I’d have probably gone mad. I wouldn’t have survived the constant unrolling of toilet paper, taking it off of the designated hook, cleaning the carpets and the waste in the tub without the information that my children were going through a period of measuring and the study of materials.
The moment I finished reading, I assigned rolls for playing and started to engage in the activity. We measured the unrolled paper hung all around the house and collected it before it “weaselled” its way into places I didn’t want it in—and started to dissolve it in a bucket.
With Kryštof, the era of measuring continued by walking around with a “stick” and measuring everything he could. Shortly after, he learned to use an actual meter which became, along with the white whale, a part of his travelling kit. It’s a small thing and it can entertain him anywhere.
1st August 2011
Author: Lenka Míkovcová
Translation: Marek Hubbell