Wednesday, 2 September 2015

September practical life ideas

I recently shared our fun Farm themed printables! Today, I am sharing the practical life and fine motor activities that Y will be working on this month! A lot of these were also inspired by our farm theme (a special post for our hands on farm activities will be live soon). 

Here is a look at some really fun ways to get those little hands working and minds engaged!  

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Practical life 


I keep spooning works engaging by changing the mediums that we use frequently. Aside from that, I like to coordinate the colours of the trays, and the bowls etc that we use. Y loves this! He loves seeing the different bowls, and is still very drawn to spooning works at almost 3 years old. 

I do want to note that I keep the spoon in the middle of the tray. This is to avoid giving a preference for which hand to use. 

Spooning

Beans into two bowls. 

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Cotton balls into one bowl (farm theme representing 'wool') 

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Orange lentils 

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Dried corn kernels

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Tonging

This is a new skill for Y. He does struggle a bit with getting a good grip on the tongs, but has been enjoying using them! 

Tonging red pom poms ('red apples') 

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Tonging 'apples' and sorting them by colour. 

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Tonging red yarn 

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Washing

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Cutting

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In the kitchen

Most of the kitchen works happen in the kitchen, but these I used to work on specific skills. 

Using a mortar and pestle to grind egg shells (farm theme) 

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Pouring water into two bowls - the bowls are stacked on the tray. I also include an extra cloth to wipe the mess in case Y spills.

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Spooning out beads from water

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Fine motor


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Placing buttons on pipe cleaners and colour sorting. The colour sorting adds an extra element of difficulty and makes Y slow down to focus on his work. This is wonderful for concentration! 

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Another simple colour sorting work. Grabbing the feathers provides a lovely challenge for working Y's fine motor skills and pincer grasp. 

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Here Y has wooden numbers 0-4 and has to place the corresponding quantity of small pom poms underneath the numbers. This not only reinforces counting, but picking up the pom poms on their own is a challenge for working finger muscles! 

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