Posts Tagged With: Fine Motor

Felt Button Chain

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!

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Experimental Painting

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. 

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Rocket Ship

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. 

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Kids Homemade Valentines Day Cards

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.

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Loose Leaf Tea Sensory Play

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 

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Skittles Experiment 

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 

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Tissue Paper & Water

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

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Enjoying The Leaves

Today we spent over an hour outside playing in the leaves.  And all of this was lead by A.  I love watching and participating in all of her stories and adventures. 

At one point we were all sitting on the ground and we were pretending to roast marshmallows for the birds. It does not matter if I understand all of the thoughts & stories in her head.  It does matter that I encourage and play with her! 

We also spent time raking, scooping, pouring, throwing leaves in the air,  making music, & talking about the different seasons/ weather.  What a great day! 

SKILLS: Imagination, Loving Nature, Storytelling, Learning Seasons, Gross Motor,  Fine Motor. 

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Tie Dying with Friends

A few weeks ago we meet up with some friends for a play date & tie dying. We let the girls shake the dye,  decide how to twist/ wrap, & then squirt the dye.  

We even added some sand from the sandbox to see what happened.  (Results:  no change).

SKILLS: Independence, Art, Fine Motor, Experiment, Curiosity. 

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Outside Painting

We looked up how to do Water Balloon Painting today.  After realizing we didn’t have some bottles that would make it easier,  we tried it anyway. (Will get the right stuff & try it again).  Then when we realized it was not going to work,  we grabbed the paint brushes & went to town. 

I loved watching A & then S get in on the fun.   Even better was watching A grab bits of nature & see what happened when she painted with that.  (Leaves,  twigs,  sticks,  etc).  

SKILLS: Fine Motor,  Sensory,  Painting,  Exploring,  Imagination, Nature. 

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