Week 21

Week 21

Number 5
Book - Gorilla loves vanilla
Craft - pipette painting 
Fine motor skills - drawing straight lines & circles
Gross motor skills - jump bottom step
Life skill -  clamping with pegs 
Role play - Mummies and Daddies
Play scene - train set
Open ended - arches 


Number 5

This has been a fluid one this week. It came up when reading our book, as it had 5 animals coming into the shop and asking for ice cream. We also found it when using our aqua doddle and both Twins recognized the number and shouted 5 at me. When we were drawing as well, Buttercup found her 5 wooden piece and Bear was "drawing" it. Well he told me "I draw 5" but of course we are still on scribble marks. I was still very proud of him for this. At all these opportunities we counted to 5 together. 

 

Book - Gorilla loves vanilla

This is a lovely book about a group of animals that ask for some wacky flavour ice creams, until Gorilla turns up and asks for vanilla. Then they all want vanilla. Luckily Gorilla shares and they all enjoy it together. 
  The Twins loved this story, they fed each toy animal with their toy ice cream, Bear even made hippo jump in the mud ice cream, like in the book. They made us read this book a lot which is great. 

 

Craft - pipette painting
 
You will need:
Paint,
Water,
Pipettes,
Cotton wool,
Paper,
Glue,
Pencil.

Mix the paint and water together so it's runny. We also added some white to each colour to get the light pastel shades but you don't have to do this. 
   I first drew a cone on the paper and then glued the cotton wool on to the top of the cone. 
  We had a different pipette in each paint pot so the colours didn't mix too much.
  The Twins filled the pipette with paint then squeezed the paint over the cotton wool. The Twins' hand eye coordination is still developing so a lot of it went on the paper and not on the cotton wool but their pictures were amazing and it was great practice. They loved this craft and after they felt they were finished with their ice creams I gave them paper or kitchen paper. The kitchen paper worked a lot better than the paper as it held the paint better. 

 

Fine motor skills - drawing straight lines & circles 

The Twins love drawing and can draw both circles and lines when asked. They are really building their hand eye coordination every time they draw and their circles are improving all the time. I love watching them draw and telling me what they are drawing. They are both really into drawing faces at the moment. They draw a big circle then ask us to add the eyes and mouth then they colour it in. Drawing is always a peaceful time in our house, today we put in Chopin while we drew and chatted about their pictures. It's a lovely chance to just be together and create. 

 

Gross motor skills - jump bottom step

So I stood them at the bottom of the stairs and encouraged them to jump the last step. Bear did it straight away, he seems to have no fear, or he knew Mummy was there to catch him. He did it a good few times and improved each time. 
    Buttercup was a lot more cautious and wouldn't do it without Mummy's hands. This meant the jump was more coordinated but she has a way to go to do it alone. 

 

Life skill -  clamping with pegs 

   When Daddy set up the play house area he included a washing line with pegs. They spent the week pulling them off but not yet getting them back on. 
  By the end of the week Buttercup had started to be able to manipulate the pegs to open and close. This is a great achievement though it's going to be a long time before they can use pegs correctly. However, that's the reason we include them in their games and playing. 

 

Role play - Mummies and Daddies

Monday morning and the Twins were up at the same time. Unfortunately Bear was still tired but Buttercup loved their Mummies and Daddies flat. She really enjoyed exploring it, finding all the babies and just playing with it all. Bear did come over and was a bit obsessed with the pegs, but he did not engage as much as Buttercup. 
Then Button came down and the two girls played together while Bear lay on the sofa.
   During the week this house set up was well loved. On Tuesday, Mummy found an old box and Buttercup turned it into a table. Throughout the week all three children used it to come together and share pretend food and share stories. It was so lovely to watch. They had tea parties and Bear would sit in the chair while watching the television to be handed cakes and tea from Buttercup. Or Button would be cooking tea for Buttercup and the babies. It was a really special time to watch and be a part of. 

 

Play scene - train set

By far Bears favourite toy. It lives in a box in the living room as we are too scared to remove it for rotation. Even so it is on our set up list for play scenes and so for this whole week it has been set up on the living room floor so they can come and go with it. Bear was very excited to play with it Monday morning but by the afternoon and Tuesday it wasn't touched which suprised us. 
    Wednesday we spent the day in a steam train in a day out for Cornelius's birthday and Thursday Mummy moved it to the middle of the room. One of these or both encouraged them to play again and both Twins had a train each, racing up and down the hill. This toy is Bear's calming toy- he will go to it when there is too much going on with his sisters and he wants to just sit and enjoy some 'me' time. He will sit quietly for ages until Buttercup comes and smashes it up or takes something from him. For Buttercup it's a great toy to explore her sharing skills and communication between her and her brother as she doesn't seem to play alone with the trains. So working out who's having which train and what part of the track they are going to play with needs to take place. They seem to be mastering it now after a few disagreements over who's having Percy. 

 

Open ended - arches 

  We got the arches out a few times through the week. Each time they were used for different things. They loved Mummy and Button building them up for them to knock down, Buttercup also used it as a cot for her doll which we thought was very inventive. Bear used them as tunnels and bridges for his cars. 

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