As we anticipate a cool turn in the weather (despite the record-breaking warm temperatures today) we're retreating more indoors and seeing what there is to explore there. It's so fascinating to just give Silas a basket of objects and see how he interacts with them; the way he plays has evolved so much over time.
One of my go-to's is dominoes. For whatever reason we had a ridiculous number of dominoes sets in my house growing up and I have very fond memories of them. I don't remember actually playing organized games with them, however, I just remember getting them out, stacking them, and knocking them down. I've inherited most of the sets from when I was younger and have added a couple more along the way, including a set of double fifteens that we registered for as a wedding gift.
He plays with them in a similar way to how he plays with blocks, but the feel and weight of them is entirely different: cool, smooth, and slick. He stacks them into towers and arranges them on the floor. I line them up and he races to knock them down.
They make such a delightful plink-plink when they hit each other. We tap out rhythms and make up songs. Recently we've started using them for a matching game in which I give him three or four from two different sets and he matches the double ones, for example. We close our eyes and use our fingertips to feel the holes. I think this would be a great sensory game when he's a little bit older: with a blindfold on, try to count the number of holes by feel only. With two sets, they could also be used as a memory game. And eventually, we can actually play the game!