Week 16

Colour - pink

Shape - diamond
Book - Mr greedy
Craft - sponge painting
Fine motor skills - zips
Gross motor skills -  kicking
Life skill -  brushing hair
Tuff tray - fairy dough birthday cake
Sensory basket - noisey
Learning through play - dinosaurs
Creative wooden play - Eric and Albert

 

Colour - Pink

This is left out all week for them to explore and play with. 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:
Mega blocks,
A car,
Materials,
Wooden blocks,
Cups and plates,
Pompoms,
Two rattles.

Buttercup was very excited by this display, while Bear was still a little sleepy. Buttercup had already had a sneaky look at the pink instrument and the diamond tray before Bear got up.

First hits this week appear to be the materials and the car. Buttercup thought it was hilarious to use the pink flannel on Bear's face. He took it well smiling, but once he walked away she got really upset for some reason. We ended up calming her down with the shape tray, so I guess diamonds really are a girl's best friend.

 

Shape - diamond

We just reiterated the name diamond whenever Bear or Buttercup played with this tray.

 

Book - Mr Greedy

This is a simple board book, not many pages and just about how much he loves cake. The Twins enjoy the book and the wooden cakes I put in the book basket. They fed Mr Greedy and each other the cakes.

 

Craft - sponge painting

You will need:
Sponges (I cut mine in to shapes of cakes but you might be able to buy them ready shaped),
Paper,
Pink paint.

The Twins loved this activity, they spent a good 15/20 minutes stamping with their sponge cake shapes, to the point that you wouldn't be able to work out what shape they had used to make their picture. Throughout the craft we talked about the colour pink, Mr Greedy and cakes. After a while they began to dip their fingers in the paper so I grabbed them some paper and watched what they did. Bear did big clear hand prints, whereas even though Buttercup put her whole hand in the paint she only did finger prints.

 

Fine motor skills - zips

  Daddy always lends us his sensory blanket from work for this week. It has a nice big zip on it. Buttercup always loves this and ends up exploring everything on it. She managed to open and close the zip a few times. Bear wasn't keen on playing with the zip today and actually tried all the other bits on the blanket. Luckily we had been in the garden a bit this week and he tried the zip on the trampoline. He managed to get it open and closed a few times but not all the way. He would get bored half way through opening and start closing it.

 

Gross motor skills -  kicking

This week we headed to the park with a ball. Bear loved it and kicked the ball with Daddy for ages. He would kick the ball what ever direction he was facing, so if I asked him to kick it to me (standing behind him)  he wouldnt be able to do that. However, his kicking was great, he swung his leg and the ball went far. Buttercup wasn't interested at all lol.

 

Life skill -  brushing hair
The twins love brushing their own hair, so after each bath I gave them their hair brushes to brush their hair. As well as that Nanny had got Buttercup a wooden make up set for her birthday which has a comb in it. She likes to brush Button and Mummy's hair which is great practice.

 

Tuff tray - fairy dough birthday cake

You will need:
1 cup Hair Conditioner (any one will work but to get the smell and colour we went for a pink one),
1.5 cups Cornflour,
Food colouring is optional and just makes the colour stand out more.

Mix the ingredients and kneed it till you're happy. It can be crumbly and still ball up when you squeeze it together.
  I gave the Twins lots of spoons, whisks and cupcake holders. They sat for ages making cupcakes and then crumbling them up and starting again. Bear even told us one was big and one was small. He also really enjoyed whisking it in a big bowl.
    Buttercup loved how it crumbled and picked up all the cakes Gran made and crumbled them in our hands. She loved to spoon the crumbs into the cupcake holders.

 

Sensory basket - noisey

   This is an every day sensory, and is lots of bottles and drinking flasks I've filled with different things. This is the first week they haven't been interested and I'm a little sad lol. It's showing that they are growing up and moving on to different ways to play. So I think we will start winding down the every day sensory now.

 

Learning through play - dinosaurs

   We got the wooden dinosaurs out with their Grimm's rainbow and flame, we also used our colourful wooden trees. I laid it all out for the Twins and then watched as Buttercup began to line the rainbows up. She then added a few Dinosaurs, but at this stage Bear started to pinch her rainbows so I got their other rainbows out and set him up next to her. She then took some of the other rainbows and flames and continued to build herself a little world of caves and hills, adding trees and Dinosaurs to finish it off.
    Bear needed a bit more encouragement. If I left him, he would destroy Buttercup's creation so I sat with him and we built one together and played with the Dinosaurs, putting them to bed under the caves etc.
    I loved watching Buttercup create her world, seeing how her brain works and what she enjoys doing.

 

Creative wooden play - Eric and Albert

  We got our animals out with our Grimm's 1001 nights, hearts, rainbow and flame. We decided to build a zoo for our animals. Buttercup passed me all the pieces and we built each animal a home. She loved it and when it was finished she got her little dolls house people and took them around the zoo saying hello to all the animals. Bear wasn't too interested and wanted his train out so we built the train next to it. They don't always have to play with what we are playing with and it's nice to watch him enjoying himself. After we built our zoo, Button wanted to have a go building so we built a second one.

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