Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Spring activities: flowers pin punching

So spring? Nice weather, beautiful flowers, and getting outdoors more. I just cannot wait! I'm already planning my garden - filled with special raised beds that my husband will need to build for me so I can drive underneath them with my wheelchair. 

The raised beds are a really lovely solution to being able to grow a lovely garden from my wheelchair. It upsets me though that I cannot maneuver quite as easily on the ground. Y can access that much easier, but it's too difficult for me to manage our garden if it's directly planted into the earth, at this point. 

The raised beds are nice as long as Y has a step stool or sits on my lap. We just both end up covered in earth. I suppose that will only get worse as baby girl decides to join, right? It's also totally worth it to be doing something so fun together! 

I'm so excited to get our herbs planted (basil, oregano, rosemary), and our veggies (tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, ohh and so much more!). I really want to get some flowers going, too, but I doubt I'll have time for that this year. I'm already way overly ambitious with our veggie garden. At least our berry plants (black berries, raspberries, strawberries, red currants, blue berries, black currants) are all low maintenance. 

Well, that was quite the gardening tangent! Why all the plants talk? Because I am unbelievably excited to start planning our garden, I have been incorporating more and more spring themed activities into our works. It's so fun to think about all the extra time we will be spending outdoors! Plus, watching baby girl take it all in will be great! 

For now, I'm sharing how we are studying spring - with a fun pin pricking work that is! This one is flowers themed and hence my long discussion of planting things. 


Are you getting excited for spring? Will you grow a garden? 


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Spring Activities: 

Flowers Pin punching


Age: Yvann is 4 years old. This depends on your level of comfort with your child's use of a push pin. 

Why: This work is wonderful for developing hand eye coordination in children. It helps to strengthen muscles in the hand and prepares your child for  writing. Additionally, works like these strengthen concentration! 

What you need 
  • Pin puncher
  • Foam or board for placing paper on 
  • Tray for presentation 
  • Printables or paper for punching 

How 

I present these works with the push pin in a separate bowl or tray. This is convenient as the push pin does not move around on the tray too much when my son carries the tray.

Presentation

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The idea with this work is very simple - the child uses a push pin to cut out the image on the cards along the dashed lines. Then, the child may choose to decorate the image by coloring it, placing stickers on it, or gluing decorative pieces onto it. Y does any combination of the above!

Works like this really are a great test of patience and work beautifully to strengthen children's hands. 

A note on safety: Our push pin is not sharp and is large. This is very important, especially with younger children. Small push pins should not be used with children that still place objects in their mouths. Even with larger push pins, please monitor your children when conducting works like this!

Get your set!


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Some supplies that may help


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