A has been showing interest in time. (Well she is getting frustrated with not understanding how much time there is until things.) So we have created a daily center that has a timeline & clips for our daily activities.
Posts Tagged With: Fine Motor
So we set up this project several days ago. Took it out a couple times to do it, but got busy & put it back in the freezer. Today was the day for our ice excavation.
Today we decided to spend our morning doing a creative art project. First we cut pictures out of a magazine. Then using glue sticks (slightly less messy than squeeze bottles) attached them to a big paper. Then we proceeded to complete the picture by drawing what we thought would go with it. We cut out a skirt & A drew the rest of the person. We cut out a blob & S saw a butterfly & then a person. We cut out a shoe & made it a hat. The possibilities are endless!
SLILLS: Fine Motor (cutting, gluing, drawing), Imagination, Storytelling
As summer is coming to an end and it is getting to be coat/sweater weather here I am reminded that A & S do not have a ton of experience with buttons. So I have created a felt button chain project that incorporates buttons!
A decided that she wanted to try painting with jelly beans. So, we got some mixed media paper, dropped different colored jelly beans into containers, added some water and tried it. The conclusion, it did not paint any color. But in the process we talked about how do we get the color to appear faster.
Today we got another large cardboard box. (Thank you Ann!) Oh, the possibilities are endless ! After letting the kids play with it as a tunnel, we got to work creating our newest creation…. rocket ship!
This one even has some control panels inside! Oh what a hit with all!
SKILLS: Imagination, Fine Motor, Sharing.
A came to me tonight & said she was sad because she did not have anything to give me & Papa for Valentines Day. So I grabbed some construction paper, few stickers, crayons, & let them go.
It is nights like tonight that make me proud. First, A wanted to do something nice for others without any prompting, and second, she helped S and made sure he had all of the things he needed.
SKILLS: Fine Motor, Artistic, Empathy, Compassion.
A is always excited to play with certain things when S is napping. Many days, like today, that involves some sort of sensory play.
After cleaning out our cupboards I realized we had a lot of tea that we do not like. So that became our material for the day.
We started off with the tea and chop sticks and making patterns/ letters. Which lead to burying the chop sticks. Which then turned into scooping the tea and pouring it in & out of the bag. Then finally it made it to the typical A question, “what happens when we add water?” So we did. I love watching & listening to her line of thought & questions.
SKILLS: Self-directed play, Cause & Affect, Fine Motor
So A was excited about the skittles from Halloween . So we decided to do a little experiment (or as she called Magic)!
Did you know that if you places skittles down & then slowly pour warm water around them, the colors run!
A & I each took a plate & arranged our skittle. I put a piece of watercolor paper under mine to see what would happen.
It was fun watching how excited A got as she watched she colors appear! The watercolor paper absorbed some of the color, but it was very faint.
After we watched the colors spread out, A had fun looking at the skittles and how they changed.
SKILLS : Color changes, Observations, Describing, Fine Motor
We were working on activities for the upcoming baby shower we are hosting. (Stay tuned for that post). This moment it was cutting tissue paper for woodland animal themed sun catchers. So A was having fun cutting & tearing the paper, (Fine motor) and then putting it in a large pink bowl. (Which can you believe I got in college and I still remember that?) Then A looked at it and said, “What happens if I add water to it?” (questioning) So….
I said, “Let’s find out!” So A ran and got the eye droppers and filled a cup of water and brought it over to the counter. A proceeded to slowly at first add water, then after a few times with the dropper, she poured in the rest. Then she sat there and played with it with her hands. (self-directed play)
I find it very interesting listening to her as she does these activities. (describing) Sometimes she makes up stories, sometimes she describes it to me. After a little while I asked her what happened with the water. She told me that it is like play-dough because it made a ball and it gets squishy. (observations) These are great observations!
SKILLS: Self-directed play, Fine motor, questioning, describing, observations