When he was little, I mean like 1, 2 and 3. It was just he and I staying home. Zachary wasn't born until after Daniel was 3, so we had a LOT of time together. He didn't really watch much TV then believe it or not. I pretty much stuck to the 1 hour a day. That changed when I was pregnant with Zachary and was on partial bed rest! How do you get a three year old to sit still? Popping in a movie was all I could do to keep him in one place. He also RESPONDED to the videos, and really he didn't respond to much else. It was nice to see him excited about something. So that is my TV excuse!
Before this time, I remember doing Playdoh often. He wouldn't want to touch it, but we had a set that you could make letters. I would make Play Doh letters forever and we'd line them up. Saying the alphabet over and over. He loved that. He had letters that stuck on the wall in the bathtub. He LOVED those. He would spell out words over and over. At age four. When we were driving around town he would read the signs. All the time. At age 3 and 4. It seemed he could always read. He loved putting videos on closed caption so he could read it as it was on the screen instead of just listening. I think it helped him process it better. But he loved/loves to watch those words go across the screen. He also loves computer games that have stories and words on them. It's one of his "things". We know this. It's not a gift or anything. It excites him. One of the many computer games he has that he likes has a poem on it. He quotes it every so often, as he is very echoalic.