I am making good progress on my Fire Truck Busy Board. But, I have a few things yet to figure out, hopefully you can help me.
I am planning on drawing/painting on & under the current doors.
1) A Hose. I am looking to put a hose on that can either wind up or even just stretch out. Ideas?
2) A few more items. I am looking for a few more items for the center of the truck. Thoughts?
Here’s to hoping you have some neat ideas!
I have many different projects going and they all seem to be taking longer than I thought. (But really I have 2 kids & other responsibilities so who was I kidding). 🙂
The other situation I keep running into is all of my projects are partially formed in my head, so I keep running into situations I need to find solutions for. (It seems like things that should be easy are not…). But, I keep making headway & I am excited about how the projects are turning out!
Here I am making some fun magnets for A’s Chore Chart.
The concept behind this is too advanced for A, but it is a neat visual.
Take wooden toothpicks & break in half, but not apart. Place then so their center (folded) parts touch. Drip a little water at a time on the center & watch the toothpicks move apart.
(This works because the the water travels through the toothpicks using capillary action)
SKILLS: Observation, Fine Motor Skills, Water Properties
So K had no school today so he came over to play. I decided to hop (hahaha) onto Google & see what I could make with toilet paper rolls since I had been saving some. I came across a cute picture of a bunny so decided to try it.
The kids were so excited to do this project and thrilled with how they turned out.
So at the age of 2 A learned to suck her thumb. Some days or is only a little, others or is constant. Well she told me the other day that she wanted to be a big girl & not suck her thumb (yay!). But I noticed she did it at down times when she didn’t know what to do with her hands. So I thought of she had something to squeeze it might help.
I found this neat tutorial (See here) about making your own stress balls. And low and behold I had all of the needed materials.
A was excited about helping me make the ball and I let her pick the color of the balloons. (I leaned that I am not good at cutting a nice circle…). And not to long later w had a completed stress ball.
The excitement lasted just a few seconds….boo, not a success. Maybe if I make it using a rubber glove it works be better because then the fingers would give her something to hang on to.
SKILLS: Self-soothing, Independence,
Not quite hay & straw. We are working on teaching A her right & left. So, we have started writing R & L in her shoes to work on this & learn to put jet shoes on the correct feet. 🙂
SKILLS: Independence, Left, Right
So A used to struggle with some sensory situations. (The feel of grass, rice, ect). So it is wonderful to see her not just stomping in the mud puddles (this has been a regular source of fun) but now getting it on her legs & hands.
SKILLS: Sensory, Loving nature, Imagination.
Since we have no family close by & we travel a fair amount, we talk a lot about where everyone is. This is a hard concept to understand. So, we bought (from Amazon) a large dry erase wall map of the US.
We have labeled where we, Grands, Greats, & Uncles/Aunts are. And then as people travel we talk about where they are in relation to us.
Mind you, it has taken me 3 attempts to get it to stay up on the wall. But each time A had been so excited each attempt & she cheers me on & says, “Good job Mama!”
SKILLS: Geography, Self-Aware
Tags: Geography, Map
So I’m sure after our crazy 30″of snow (Remember I am in Northern Virginia.)most people were not excited to wake up this morning & see more of the white stuff. But A was THRILLED! (I have to admit I also loved it & decided I couldn’t wait to get out there with my camera).
So after breakfast we headed out. A was excited to shovel and sweep!
SKILLS: Love of nature, Making own decisions, Enjoying freedom of no expectations, trying.
As A is getting bigger we are working on giving her more responsibilities. Some of these are taking off & putting away her own coat and shoes. So to help her we have added a little hook for her (and one for S)that she can reach.
I let her pick out the color (hooks are from Ikea) and then I added the letters. It has worked really well. Not only does she know where to take off her coat, but she also has access to it to put it on.