Friday, 7 October 2016

October practical life and fine motor ideas

Can you believe it's already October? I feel like time is just flying by! I suppose for me, it feels even more hectic than normal because baby girl will be arriving next month! I'm scrambling to get everything done before she gets here, including creating a supply of premade works for Y, freezer meals, and tons of cleaning and tidying. 

Over the course of the past few months, I have noticed that Y has been showing less interest in practical life works. However, this past week, he asked me for some new ones. I decided to give his practical life works a bit of an October twist with lots of orange colours, leaves, and some Halloween inspired works! Of course, a lot of our materials are still in storage because of our move/work on the house, but I made due with what we had on hand! 

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October themed practical life activities


Age: Y is 4 years old, but these works are ideal for children as young as 2 years old. 

Tonging felt animals 

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Crushing chamomile tea 

For this one, I was intending to use our cloves. They're perfect for fall! Sadly, they are one of the materials that I haven't been able to find due to the move. Dried chamomile works just as well for the purpose of this work. 

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Note: the way this work is presented was very intentional. All of the bowls are arranged from left to right: one with the chamomile, one where the flowers should be crushed, and one for pouring the final result. The utensils are placed underneath the bowls. The spoon is intended to be used for spooning the flowers into the mortar. 

Feathers and beads 

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The idea here was to place one bead onto each feather. This is of course, more of a fine motor activity than a practical life one. Y however, was not satisfied with the way that I had set up this work. He gathered more beads and started place increasing quantities on each feather: 1, 2, 3, etc up to 10. 

Leaf puzzles 

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For this one, I took some fabric leaves we had and cut them in half. Y had to match the sides of the leaves. He could also glue them into his notebook. 

The practical life component is really just using the glue stick. It's a skill that we are working on improving accuracy and patience with. 

Leaf rubbing 

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Not quite practical life or fine motor, but this was a fun way to practice grasping a crayon properly, which is a very important 'practical life' skill. 

Sorting beads 

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I chose beads with a more Halloween inspired colouring, and isn't that bowl so fun? I got it at a second hand shop a while back for .50 cents! 

Anyway, the goal here was to grasp the beads individually, and thus work on fine motor skills by developing the pincer grasp. Of course, this was easy for Y. I had him count out how many beads there were of each colour. 

Note: When presenting sorting activities, be sure to have the same quantity of each object. Additionally, you want to make sure you isolate what the child is sorting by, especially if you have a young child. These beads were different colours, but also different shapes. 

This was also an intentional part of the challenge for Y as this work is something he mastered a long time ago. For younger children, this may be confusing in which case it is important to choose beads that are the same shape if you want them to sort by colour. 

Eyeball spooning 
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Of course, a Halloween style work was necessary! Y got to use the spoon to transfer the googly-eyes from one bowl to the other. Fun and simple! 

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