Sunday, 16 August 2015

August practical life activities

Y loves hands on works. He is always looking to tinker, explore, and get his little fingers working. That is why practical life based works, as well as trays that focus on building fine motor skills are very important when I am planning Y's trays. Today, I am sharing the types of practical life works we've had on the shelves so far in August! 

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I do want to add a quick note though! Because we are at home, a lot of our practical life works get done simply throughout the day and do not make it onto a tray. Cleaning up spills, cooking, emptying the dishwasher etc are all parts of daily life. 

Fine motor activities


Sorting beads by size and pincer grasp

This was quite a challenging work as Y had to sort the beads by size and they were a variety of colours. He is quite good at sorting, but for children that are first learning to sort, it would be wise to include objects of the same colour to isolate the size aspect or the other way around. 

The fine motor aspect of this work came from the fact that the beads are fairly small and Y had to work on grasping them one at a time. 

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Exploring magnets

This was a great work for practicing Y's pincer grasp. 


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Searching for birds

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Lacing beads

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Colour sorting paperclips and using paper clips

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Practical life 


Food preparation 

I rarely, rarely place these types of works onto our trays unless there is a specific skill I see Y wanting to work on. Usually, our kitchen activities happen organically. When Y wants a snack, he goes to the snack drawer or the refridgerator to take what he wants. Similarly, he can get his own water whenever he wants. 


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He also cleans his table when he spills. The important factor here is to make sure that the items he needs are within his reach. 

Dry pouring - seashells 

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Spooning beans


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Spooning beads

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Water pouring

Note, I add the water once he chooses this work. I add a sponge for cleaning spills. 

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