I used to play with the cookie jar with Owen by letting him take out a shape and then pointing to where the shape he picked would fit. He would then put the shape through the hole and get another shape. Once he got the hang of it, he would bring me his cookie jar and want to play the game. The other day, he went to the cookie jar and decided to try out his independence. He tried to put the shapes through the holes by himself. Much to his excitement and satisfaction, he figured out how to put the yellow circle into the right hole. You should have seen his little face glow when he made the connection. So, now, sometimes he'll play his new game independently, but other times he just enjoys the praise of Momma as he plays...after all who doesn't enjoy hearing a bit of praise from their Mommy?