Week 13

Week 13

Colour - Orange 
Shape - Oval
Book - The fox's socks
Craft - Decorate socks with stickers 
Fine motor skills - Shape sorter
Gross motor skills -  Dancing
Life skill -  Clamping with pegs
Tuff tray - Washing clothes 
Sensory basket - Materials 
Learning through play - Dressing up
Creative wooden play - Eric and Albert
Playlist 4
Finger song - Two little dicky birds

Colour - orange 

This is left out all week for them to explore and play with it. Therefore, it needs to be items that are safe for your child so if you are not playing with them they can still explore.

This week we had:
Wooden blocks,
Mega blocks,
Wooden animals,
Cups,
A juggling scarf,
A car.

They were both eager to explore with Bear heading straight to the orange display and looking at the trumpet and tuba and pretending to play them. Buttercup had seen the book basket as soon as she came down so headed over there. She moved the shape sorter and oval basket to make space for her and 'BeBot' (aka Ned) to sit down and rummage through the book basket. Buttercup was soon putting on the Fox's clothes. They do both still love the colour displays, but they are quite familiar now. So although they visit it throughout the week, the other displays are often initially more enticing. Which is fine as all the displays are free to explore all week, not just a Monday morning.

Shape - oval 

We had the normal basket of oval shapes for them to explore. They can both tell me this shape so we don't sit and work on it as such. However, if I see them exploring it I will remind them it's an oval and the colours as well to reinforce colour recognition. 

Book - The fox's socks

  This a simple flap book with lovely illustrations. Fox has lost his socks and spends the book finding all his other clothes first. We had all the clothes in the basket and they put each item on as we found them in the book. They loved it and it tied in with dressing self. 

Craft - Decorate socks with stickers

This is a simple craft with so much developmental skill involved. Peeling stickers is a great fine motor skill and placing them on another piece of paper is a great hand eye coordination skill. The Twins love stickers and really went to town decorating the sock I drew for them. They started so well getting the stickers on the sock until they ran out of space but didn't want to stop, the sheet was covered. 
  They both did really well at peeling the stickers off the sheet on to the paper but not so good at peeling the backs off of individual stickers. This is fine as we can work on this again next time we want to use stickers. 

Fine motor skills - shape sorter

  The Twins are really good at this now, they can tell me all the shapes and get them in the right slots. Their cousin who is the same age could also do it all but stuggled with the semi circle. The nice thing was Bear was trying to help her and telling her to turn it round. 

Gross motor skills -  Dancing

   This was a lot of fun this week. We had my niece round for a play date, who is a day younger than the Twins so they are all into the same thing. They suddenly wanted to dance, so on came their play list and it was so much fun watching them dance to "if your happy and you know it" and "walking through the jungle" great way to work off energy, build muscles and rhythm, great for balance and physical fitness. 

Life skill -  Clamping with pegs

  We tied this into washing clothes. They still find this a hard one to do but that's the joy of having it as a life skill. Starting young they can start to build their finger strength and hand eye coordination. Just having them around helped them recognise them and how they work. Being able to explore them and test them out is just a great hands on experience.

Tuff tray - Washing clothes 

  We used Buttercup's body wash for this as she had eczema and we didn't want a flair up but you can use washing up liquid or soap. Anything that makes bubbles and smells nice. We did this in the garden as the weather finally started behaving lol. I made a clothes line with some string tied to chairs. The Twins loved it. Bear was in the swing so Buttercup got to enjoy it alone first. She actually stirred the socks around then squeezed them the best she could and balanced them with help on to the string. I showed her how to use the pegs but most of the time I did that bit. 
  Once Bear was out of the swing they swapped and it was nice getting one on one time with each of them and really observing their differences. Bear just enjoyed making the clothes splash by throwing them into the water. He loved the noise and the feel of the water hitting his legs. He was giggling so much and shouting splash as the socks hit the water. It was so lovely to watch both play and explore in their own time and space. 

Sensory basket - Materials 

   They love their big box of materials. I think out of all their everyday sensory this is their favourite. They will spend ages with it. Today they made beds and got me to hide them and cover them. They also danced with scarves and then they used it as a "bath" and Buttercup used one of the sponages to wash Bears hair. We really worked on colours as well with the rainbow scarves. They are recognising yellow and green. It was so nice to play with them and then sit back and watch them. 

Learning through play - Dressing up

  They love their dressing up box. At the moment it just contains some of our old bits that are too big for them, nothing special - hats, old socks, vests etc but they love it and as it's too big it's a lot easier to try and get on. Buttercup is already really good at getting shorts on and putting things over her head. Bear loves the hats and socks and says he looks like Daddy when his dressed up. Just a simple basket that can encourage so much: self dressing, independence, life skills, communication, role play, imagination and so much more. 

Creative wooden play - Eric and Albert

Bear was up before Buttercup so I decided to sit and play with him with our animals. He could tell me what every one was and we spent ages building them up and knocking them down. We also fed the sheep some orange blocks lol. He lined them up and counted to four with them as well. It was lovely to see how he wanted to play and follow his lead. 
   After lunch I got them out again for Buttercup who straight away wanted to balance them on top of each other. However, she also wanted to use them as animals and was walking them around making noises and telling me what each animal was. She loves that she has a Mummy and baby of the bears and sheep. I recommend the wooden Play den subscription if you want to build a wooden animal collection. 

Playlist 4
Finger song - 2 little dicky birds

This playlist is quite a slow one, with some classics like 'ten green bottles' and 'bicycle made for two'. They were glued to it in silence. We then played a few they picked themselves and that got them moving and dancing. 
Bear really enjoys this finger song more than he normally does. He giggled away at me as they disappeared and came up. He also tried to do the actions and sing along with me. Buttercup who is normally all over the finger songs just wanted horsey horsey everytime I tried to sing 'two little dicky birds' this week  lol.

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