Last week we decided to try our hand at token sorting for parkrun. Adam has wanted to do it for ages but I wanted to choose a week where we would be volunteering the following week so we would have to be at parkrun at 8.30am-ish to hand them back rather than just turning up at around 8.50am and running. As this week was going to be run on grass, we’d already decided that we were going to volunteer this week (handing out finishing tokens as it happens), we offered to do the token sorting last week.
It was great! Adam helped a lot more than I thought he would and I found a new use for my Tupperware 😉
In fact, Adam enjoyed it so much he asked if we could do it again! So, we did. We brought the tokens home with us again this week and sorted them this morning. While we were sorting them, I noticed a couple of things which made me think that we need to offer to do this role on a fairly regular basis.
- Threading the tokens back on to the shoelace helps with Adam’s fine motor skills
- Sorting the tokens, first into big piles of 100 tokens (it makes it easier to put into order) and then into rows of 10 (only 9 for the first row) helps with his counting and numeric sorting skills.
It would have been so easy to tell Adam where each token needed to go but I resisted and said that he needed to work it out himself even if I was sorting 10 tokens for every one of his. Don’t tell Adam that he’s learning while he’s enjoying himself otherwise he won’t help again 🙂
So, here’s to more token sorting in our future but not in the next few weeks. Maybe we’ll volunteer once every 4-6 weeks.