Thursday, 26 February 2015

March practical life and fine motor activities

I am so, so excited to be sharing some wonderful activities with you today! These are a compilation of just some of the March themed fun we've been having the last week or so as Mr. Toddler works on his practical life skills, his fine motor skills, and hand eye coordination! 

There are so many great works here - ranging from pouring, to kitchen tasks, to folding, and much more! Have a look! 

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Pouring 


Pouring water into two containers


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Pouring black beans

This one isn't really March themed, but I got very excited about a new bowl I purchased and wanted to get it on the shelves! Plus, we did a few insect/bug themed works for review before springtime so it fit with a sort of theme. Not everything has to be themed, right? Right. 



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See! Isn't it such a cute bowl? It cost about .50 cents, too! 


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I love going to second hand shops and finding lovely little treasures like that! I also picked up a little black spoon for about .05 cents, but I dropped it and it broke in half. 


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Mr. Toddler only wanted to pour the beans anyway so it worked out well. 

Pouring dried peas


Again, Mr. Toddler loved pouring these dried, green peas. I presented them with a spoon, but that was most definitely neglected in favour of pouring. 



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And then all of this happened

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The initial presentation


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Mr. Toddler has really loved pouring works lately and we did variations using these peas for several weeks. I simply swapped out the bowls and jars to give them a new look. 

Here's an alternative style to use when presenting! It's also a sneak peak at our Africa themed practical life shelves! Shhh! Again, I presented this as a spooning work, but Mr. Toddler only did it as a pouring work.

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All of which transition us nicely into... 

Spooning


Spooning glass stones

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Mr. Toddler really seemed to get a kick out of this one! The glass stones made a fairly loud 'clunking' sound as they fell into the bucket, which made him smile. I think he's getting quite sensitive and aware of sound and particularly the noises that certain objects make when they fall. 

Actually, he's been loving dumping the fillers we use for practical life works on the floor, which is why I used the glass gems and metal buckets here - the sound. It was actually quite effective. 

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Sifting flour


Mr. Toddler got to look for gold in this pot. That was the inspiration at least. I simply put sequins in flour. He had to sift over the yellow bowl/pot. 

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Mr. Toddler used the sieve to scoop the flour and try to sift it over the bowl. He really found this a struggle and ended up ... pouring the flour! Sensitive period? I think so!


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Note: I forgot to add another smaller bowl for the sequins to go in for the photos, but added it after putting it on the shelves. 


Fine motor works


Putting beads on feathers


Placing green beads on green feathers. With Saint Patrick's Day approaching, green has become a bit of a theme. 

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We do end up doing so many works like this that they get done in a bunch of colours to add new interest as Mr. Toddler develops the same skills. 

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I used wooden beads and green feathers for this work. Quite simple, but rather effective for working on hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills!


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Saint Patrick's Day invitation to playdough 


Mr. Toddler has also become obsessed with playdough. It's a wonderful way to work on fine motor skills so I created a very simple invitation to 'Saint Patrick's Day' playdough - basically green playdough and gold things. 

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Mr. Toddler also wanted to have a go at making photos so he asked 'fffoto, mama?' How could I resist his large green-blue eyes? He even said thank you! Here's his shot: 

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It's my favourite in this entire post! I guess even using a camera is a practical life activity!

After he was satisfied with his photography skills, Mr. Toddler gathered a few more tools I had foolishly omitted from the work and got busy! 

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Which was all fun and dandy until: 

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'Oh no! Mama, no! There's glitter in the playdough! Oh, no!' He didn't realise the sequins could be removed. I demonstrated how to remove them - quite a fine motor challenge. 

Mr. Toddler was relatively interested, but didn't want to finish the task. I put the playdough in an airtight container, leaving it as it was (with sequins) for him to continue another time. 


Open and close containers 


I gave Mr. Toddler a container filled with - more little containers! All of them contained assorted St Patrick's Day inspired objects - gold beads, sequins, balls, a green sequin ribbon, and a container with water just for fun! 

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Mr. Toddler got to open each container, take the objects out, explore, and put everything back. 

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For the control of error, I included only 1 object per container. The focus here was on turning and getting the containers open, something that he has been loving lately. 

Punching practice



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Folding practice


Mr. Toddler loves helping me to fold and put away laundry so I set up a work where he could practice doing it on his own! To keep with our Saint Patrick's Day inspired theme, I gave him some green wash cloths. 

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In the kitchen


Squeezing lime juice. Oh and we both had to drink the juice. I was thinking more that we'd freeze it and I could use it in cooking, but Mr. Toddler insisted and it was pretty cute. I loved his reaction to how sour it was! 

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This was totally Saint Patrick's inspired because it's green and whatnot. 

Actually, I wasn't that deliberate... I bought a bunch of limes on sale at the market and need to freeze the juice so they don't go bad. I thought Mr. Toddler would enjoy helping with that task. I was right - he was very excited about doing this work and was so proud of himself, too! 

Note: I cut the lime in half myself when Mr. Toddler chose to do the work. We've been practicing using a knife, but he's not sufficient enough at the moment to do something so tough. 

More Practical Life


January themed practical life shelves

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Assorted practical life shelves

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Recipes toddlers can help with

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Saint Patrick's Day Themed Activities



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