This was a pretty light week for us… and we enjoyed it! We didn’t try to do too much, and just had fun.
Fine Motor Skills
M cut strips of green and red paper with the “zig zag” scissors, then we made a chain of loops and used stickers to close them up: He was very interested in this activity, and caught on to the fact that we were making a pattern. This was a real breakthrough because in the past he hasn’t gotten the whole *pattern* idea. I expected lightbulbs to appear over his head and bells to ring, but he just calmly said, “it’s a pattern, we need green next.” Ha ha, this kid always amazes me and makes me laugh. :)
He spent a LOT of time popping the tiny bubbles on this bubble wrap, such a great activity for strengthening those little fingers:
He put pipe cleaner “branches” into the holes of a salt shaker, then added fall colored leaves (pony beads). He loved this, and thought it was hilarious to call them branches and leaves. We got this idea from the Schafer Family blog.
And laced up some Autumn themed lacing cards:
M used tongs to sort fruit and vegetables from his supply of pretend food:
And we sorted truck cutouts onto a color wheel:
We played “store” with M’s pretend food and a cup of pennies. We both had so much fun with this and M had a smile on his face the whole time. I don’t know why we haven’t done this sooner. He told me later in the day, “I had fun playing store with you, Mommy!” :) We set up his fruit and veggies on the loveseat and he picked the items he wanted and I told him the price. It was perfect for counting practice, and when he ran out of money we had a short conversation about why we can’t always have everything we want. This great idea came from Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns!
We played a sensory game with a few matching pairs of items and a small pillowcase. One of each pair went into a small container and the other went into the pillowcase. M had to pick an item from the plastic container, then try to find the matching item in the pillowcase using his sense of touch only. I held the bag for him, but he was on his own here just so I could take a picture. :) He did great with this and had so much fun we did it again right away. Here are the items we used: pennies, pinecones, wooden blocks, megablocks, clothespins, glass pebbles, pipecleaners wound into a circle, craft leaves, and spoons.
Here’s a picture of our finished Thanksgiving tree:
We had so much fun with this and we will definitely be doing it again. What a great way to list our blessings and what we are thankful for.
We went to our Nature Center again for our weekly class and while there the kids drew pictures of what they are thankful for. Here’s M’s: Apples were first on his list, you can see it in the middle. Other things were his family, building a snowman, and going sledding when it snows. He had a great time scribbling… I was surprised because he has not shown that much interest in crayons at home. At the nature center he was still coloring when all the other kids were done!
I printed a turkey out from here, and M painted it with his watercolors, then cut the tail feathers apart:
M has a tiny teddy bear that he’s been calling “baby” lately. (He wants us to have a baby so badly!) He made a little bed and “baby” slept in it: Then “baby” woke up and wanted to be rocked (someone else wakes up and likes to be rocked sometimes too). What a great daddy!! :) (No, that isn’t quite the same way I rock M!)
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Have a beautiful week! :)