Week 20

 

Number 4
Book - love matters most
Craft - glueing cotton wool 
Tuff tray - fake snow 
Fine motor skills - zips
Gross motor skills - tiptoes
Life skill - Whisking 
Role play - cafe
Play scene - fire station 
Open ended - Grapat

 

Number 4

I got our littlewoodenones peg dolls out for this. I counted with them then encouraged them to count - I pointed to the number 4 and said 4 then they copied. After a little play Buttercup started pointing and counting each peg doll to four. Bear really loved the egg, I had written 1-4 on it and he loved to point to the number and tell me it. He was saying four in French as Daddy is teaching him french as well, which is amazing that he recognised the number in French. 

Book - love matters most

This book is lovely, we picked it in from the Works and the story is just beautiful. A polar bear mum is looking for her cub in the cold snow. The Twins were transfixed to the story and on each page helped me find the little yellow bird. They loved having their wooden bears to play with as I told the story and I soon had to read it three times each night before bed. 

 

Craft - glueing cotton wool 

So this was the first time introducting the Twins to a glue stick, I gave them a glue stick and some cotton wool. Showing them once what to do, I watched as they stuck cotton ball after cotton ball on to their paper. Buttercup had a little trouble at first getting the glue stick the right way round. However, once she figured it out, she had no trouble sticking the cotton balls down. 
   Bear did great with the glue stick but didn't fully grasp that the cotton ball had to go where the glue was. I had to help him a little with this. Overall, I was impressed with how they worked with the glue stick and will definitely be getting them out again soon. Its great for hand eye coordination, putting the cotton ball on the glue patch they made. 

 

Tuff tray - fake snow 

You will need:
Nappies, 
Water,
A tub,
A tray.

Cut open the nappy and empty the middle in to the tub and add water until it's jelly like. Obviously the more nappies you use the more snow you will have. We used two nappies. 
  Then let the children play, it makes great castles and holds it's shape well but remember when cleaning it up not to put any down your drain as it expands. 
   The Twins loved this sensory, I thought they would be funny with the texture but they played for ages. Bear did a lot of scooping and pouring and Buttercup did a lot of building with bowls and shapes. She loved having some time with Daddy doing it as it's not something we normally do on a Wednesday. 
    I also thought this was going to be a really messy one and baths would be needed but actually they washed their hands after and that was it. It was a bigger job cleaning the tuff tray than the children. 

 

Fine motor skills - zips

Their zip board was left out all week. We have just got these from Amazon as a pack and they are so handy for all the children. Button is currently learning how to tie her shoe so it's great for her too. 
   Both twins had a go throughout the week but are not managing to do it just yet. I don't think it will be long though. 

 

Gross motor skills - tiptoes

Bear is great on his tiptoes being able to walk and run on them. Buttercup could stand on hers but was not yet able to walk on them. Then half way through the week during our sensory play, she tiptoed through the mess to avoid it. She did it so clearly and careful and without falling. 

 

Life skill - Whisking 

For this we incorporated it into their sensory, each had a whisk to play with. They both gave it a good go, knew they were whisking and told us that they were whisking dinner and it was hot lol. I love that role play and sensory help with life skills without even putting any pressure on them. 

 

Role play - cafe

The Twins adore their cafe most of the time anyway but this week we set it out so it was a focus of the room and easy to play with including their kitchen. Buttercup loved being the waitress and making the tea. She cut the cakes and then handed them all out. She also took the money and used the till correctly. Really showing me how much she is understand how things work and how the toys encourage learning. 
   Bear enjoyed being the customer and on different occasions throughout the week would be playing trains or chilling on the sofa and always took what Buttercup offered him and pretended to eat or drink it. It was lovely to see him not get annoyed at her interrupting his playing or chilling but actually just joining in the roleplay while carrying on with what he was doing. 

 

Play scene - Fire station 

 I set out a play scene with their wooden Grimm's flame and some peg dolls. They really enjoyed it. Bear loved to drive the small firetrucks to the flames and knock them down as if he was putting them out. Buttercup liked playing with the peg dolls, making them climb the flame or hide under it. She also got the big fire trucks out and drove them around while Bear saved the people and put them in the fire station. They also have a plastic fire truck we bought second hand with a hose, Bear pointed it at the flames and made a sound as if water was pouring out. I thought that was really clever for his age to know that does that and I put that down to watching Fireman Sam with Daddy in the morning. 
  It was lovely to watch them play at the same time without fighting and yet still playing different games. 

 

Open ended - loose parts 

This is one of those toys that really show me how different my babies are. I gave them both the same amount and kinds of loose parts and they both did completely different things. Buttercup got to work in building "nanny's house" using the grapat and elle.and.bee to create her play scene of nanny's house. Whereas Bear preferred to stack and fill things with all his parts. Both were full of concentration for their task they had set themselves and both produced what they set out to do. It was so calming and lovely to watch them both play and explore their loose parts. This really emphasized how open ended play works and how important it is.

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