Week 19

Week 19

Number 3
Book - Dear zoo- wrap the animals 
Craft - foam painting (snake) 
Tuff tray - edible zoo 
Fine motor skills - stacking
Gross motor skills - catch
Life skill -  sweeping the floor
Role play - doctors
Play scene - castle
Open ended - blocks

 

Number 3

  I decided to play a game with number 3. I got out some of our Elle.and.bee sorting bowls and mushrooms and had one in one bowl, two in another and three in the last, with some wooden numbers showing which had which. We counted the mushrooms in each bowl then the bowls and then I removed all the mushrooms and got them to put the right amount with the right number. This was easy for them to do because they colour matched but as they put each mushroom in the bowl I counted aloud so they got used to the numbers. This was a lot of fun and they loved it. 

 

Book - Dear zoo (wrap the animals)

The Twins really enjoyed this book. They tried guessing the animals as they lifted the flaps. They love animals so I knew this one would go down well. 
    We put wooden animals in envelopes as if they were getting delivered which was a great touch. They loved unwrapping them like presents and seeing that the animal inside matched the one from the book. 
    
Craft - foam painting (snake) 

You will need:
Shaving foam (white),
Paint,
A large tray,
A straw or stick,
Paper.

Put the foam in your tray and add some paint, we used poster paint and just squirted it over the top of the foam. Then get your children to swirl and mix the paint and foam using straws. When they are happy with the pattern get your sheet of paper and gently lay it onto the foam. You don't need to push down too hard but make sure the paper has been in contact with the foam and paint. Now wipe off the excess foam with kitchen roll and leave to dry. 
    The twins really enjoyed this activity, they did a great job of mixing the foam and paint. They were amazed at the print it made on the paper. I did one print each for their art journal and then gave them some paper to explore the foam. Buttercup used the straw like a brush and made some great marks on the paper. Bear used his hands and plunged them straight down into the foam then on his paper. It was lovely to watch them express themselves differently. 

 

Tuff tray - edible zoo 

You will need:
Biscuits crushed like sand,
Jelly for water,
Coco pops for mud,
Rice crackers for rocks,
Toy animals,
I used wooden blocks for walls and a tub for the jelly.

You can use anything your imagination and kitchen will run to. This was quite a quick set up so I went for a simple approach, but other ideas could be:
Porridge balls for rocks,
Weetabix for walls,
Green spaghetti for vines,
Marshmallows for ice.

Set it out so it looks like a zoo and then let your children go crazy. 
  The Twins ate a lot of our edible zoo but not straight away. They explored it first and had a good look around. They told us what each animal was and used their spoons and scoops to pour and play with the different textures. Then Bear spotted the jelly and tasted some, that was it, he tucked straight in. Mouthful after mouthful going from sucking it off of the giraffes nose, to a fork, to a toy shovel lol. 
  Buttercup took a lot longer to realise she could eat the ground she was playing with. She had gone straight for the snake in the sand (biscuit) to play with and it took us telling her to taste it before she actually did. Then she didn't move lol and sat demolishing handful after handful. 
   What was nice was that both Twins offered the other one some of what they had found and were enjoying, this was a lovely interaction to witness. It showed that even though they were playing seperately they were fully aware the other was there playing with the same activity and they wanted to share and maybe play together.

 

Fine motor skills - stacking

   I got the blocks out and sat building a tower of my own, Buttercup loves building towers so it wasn't long at all before she joined me. She sat chatting away as she placed one block on top of the other. She became very frustrated when they fell but would start again happily. 
   Bear, however, saw it as an opportunity to knock down what I built and it took me a few attempts to get him to build his own to knock down. I did succeed in getting him to build one tower, then he knocked it down, cheered and went off to play with his trains lol.
    We do a lot of stacking anyway so I'm not overly worried about Bear not wanting to take part when I sit and do it with them. I've seen him stack his rainbows and try and stack his stacking animals. 

 

Gross motor skills - catch

  We do catching a lot with Bear as he loves balls, he's always throwing them at someone and shouting catch. This week I tried to do it with Buttercup a bit more. She can catch but finds it so funny to drop it instead and spends a lot of the time giggling (Which is lovely to hear). I got her to catch a few and with me cheering it encouraged her a few more times before she went back to dropping and giggling lol. 

 

Life skill -  sweeping the floor

The Twins love sweeping with Mummy so it didn't take much encouragement to get them to join in. Buttercup loved using her toy brush and then trying Mummy's big brush. It's a great life skill to help improve hand eye coordination as well as fine and gross motor skills. Bear loved the dustpan and brush and after the first few attempts of using the brush and pan to pick up the rubbish I showed him how to brush the rubbish onto the pan and he tried a good few times before wanting a go with the toy brush. 

 

Role play - doctors

Button joined them and showed them the roleplay bits. She helped Buttercup put on the doctor's coat and the three of them then sat together for a good ten minutes looking at the doctor's bag and contents and giving each other examinations.
   Half way through the week Button and Mummy set up a Doctor's waiting room and office so they could all play doctors together. 
   The Twins loved it with Button showing them all the bits and how to play with them. She has always been a big fan of Doctor games and it's the one game she still plays with family members today. She even shared her bandages with them. She loved setting up the area how she thought they would like to play and woke early to share it with them.
   It's lovely watching them play together and the Twins copying their big sister. They all took turns being the Doctor and the patient and Bear loved the doll in the cot. 
   The printables (from little_bitsnbobbins) were amazing, Buttercup could easily point to the boy or girl and when I asked what each family member was, she got everyone right. Bear however just thought everyone was a girl. 

 

Play scene - castle

Buttercup was drawn to the castle straight away, saying it was pretty. She looked around the interior of the castle and then spotted the horse and carriage outside the castle. She pulled it to her and then round the room. Buttercup did ask me to take the horse off but seemed happy enough when I told her that he needed to pull the carriage. She then took the passenger out and walked him around the castle and then upstairs.
Bear stood back watching Buttercup at first and then walked towards the castle, jumping into it when one of the dogs barked suddenly. Bear did pick up a castle block but did not really engage with the playscene at this point.
  Throughout the week they have both played with the castle either together or separately. Bear really loves the draw bridge door and likes to put the horses through it. Buttercup loved making the King and Queen go up and down the stairs. Their imagination is really growing.

 

Open ended - blocks

  Buttercup loves her blocks- she will be very precise where she wants them and how she wants them. This time I gave her some animals and Dilly's to play with as well. She places each brick were she wanted it and then placed either an animal or dilly on top. It was like her own city, its so amazing to watch her play, you can see her brain working out where she wants things and how careful she is when setting up her toys. I love how her imagination is growing all the time. 

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