Week 17

Week 17 (new curriculum) 

Number - one
Book - red hen
Craft - play dough
Tuff tray - kneed bread
Fine motor skills - drawing a cross
Gross motor skills - stairs
Life skill -  threading 
Role play - tool set
Play scene - farm
Open ended - natural

 

Number - one
Buttercup went straight for the magnets, taking them off and putting them on again. After a little play with other bits she even came back to them. Buttercup could tell me they were magnets but not what number they were at this stage.
Bear showed more interest in the numbers on the activity cube but wanted them to turn. This meant I had to take the bead maze out. Both then wanted to play with these beads instead but whereas Buttercup lost interest after a few minutes, Bear played with it for more than ten minutes, pretending it was a train coming through a tunnel.
Friday, I got the number tray out with them again. Bear was not really interested but Buttercup came and had a look. Unfortunately, Buttercup kept telling my the colour of each object rather than focusing on the number one. Once I had stopped, Bear wanted to play with his till. I took the opportunity to ask him where the number 1 was and he was able to point to them.

 

Book - red hen
Found this boardbook at Amazon and was so pleased we went with it. The pictures are so lovely and the twins really enjoyed the story and the life cycle of a chicken puzzle we got to go with it. 

 

Craft - play dough
We luckily have some wheat growing in out garden so I picked some and let them use it as a stamp for play dough. They loved it. They explored the wheat and Buttercup pulled some of the seeds off while Bear made lots of imprints with it in the play dough. As we played I talked about he book and how the hen grew the wheat to make the bread. Buttercup then took her seeds and planted them in the play dough and then we grew wheat. Bear loved the rolling pin and after pressing his wheat into the play dough he would remove it, roll it again and then press the wheat in again. He did this for ages before trying to tickle the play dough with his wheat lol. 

 

Tuff tray - kneed bread
In the book the little red hen has to make bread so we decided to get the twins to inner their own bread. Button helped me make it to the stage of kneeding and then we gave them a lump each to kneed. They copied Button really well with the kneeding, Bear was really good, he pushed with his first and even hit it against the table a few times. Buttercup took a while to relax into after she found a tiny piece of dough on her hand. Once she realised it was easy to clean off she started to hit the dough and roll it a little. It was so lovely to watch them all working together. 

 

Fine motor skills - drawing a cross
So I sat down with the twins for this activity, their wooden borad and crayons. I showed them how to draw a cross and then encouraged them to copy me. We have a long way to go with this one. Buttercup did try and imate me but didn't get anywhere close to a shape that looked like a cross. However a few days before I tried it in the left over flour when making the bread and she could imainate my words and finger momevents but it still didn't look like a cross. Which is a great start. She knew what I wanted her to do we just have to work on shape.
  Bear on the other hand completely ignored  me and drew whatever he wanted which is also fine because his expressing himself.

 

Gross motor skills - stairs
We have been encouraging the twins to walk upstairs for nap time and they are now walking up holding the wall or a hand which is amazing. So now we are working on walking down. Bear can bounce down on his bum really well and is now happy to walk holding a hand but Buttercup is not overly confident on her bum and would prefer to hold a hand if she has to. 

 

Life skill -  threading 
We use the Melissa and Doug Threading set, watching Buttercup I wonder if she needs a smaller beads so the hole isn't so deep. She doesn't reach the other side. Bear on the other hand had managed to thread one before getting bored and running off lol.

 

Role play - tool set
The Twins went to this first on Monday morning. Mainly to rob the bench of its tools to use on the activity cube. Later, Buttercup used it as a trolley for her animals, a chair and then asked Bear to push her round on it like a buggy.
  As an actually tool set Bear enjoyed hammering and screwing. He also did put the items in their right homes so colour and shape matching. It really enjoyed hand eye coordination which is great. Up

 

Play scene - farm
When Buttercup noticed this playscene she was super excited, shouting "animals". She took the fence and laid it as a path for her horses. Next she spotted the cat and was saying "cat" and hugging it before asking me to take a photo. Buttercup then used the tool bench as a horse trolley or buggy, standing a couple of horses on it and pushing it round the room. Next, Buttercup opened up her stable and put the horses, dogs and cows in it to sleep, telling me they were in bed.

 

Open ended - natural
While the twins were napping I took everything off the bottom shelf and laid it out for them to discover when they woke. It was a super hot day and getting them to do anything with me was tricky but they actually enjoyed expoloring all of this. Bear took some the rainbows andade tunnels for his cars. Buttercup was more into the bugs and trying to balance them on to the mushrooms, she then asked for her peg people and balanced them on the banana (which was now a tree trunk and sometimes a boat) she really got into this open ended play and t was a lot of fun watching her mind work out what she was gonna do next. 

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