Week 24

Week 24

Number 8
Book - That's not my car
Craft - Painting with cars
Tuff tray - Car wash
Fine motor skills - Imitating a cross
Gross motor skills - Stairs
Life skill -  Hammering
Role play - Toolset
Play scene - Farm
Open ended - Nature

 

Number 8

For this I got our Elle and bee mushrooms and acorns and lined them up by the numbers. Then we happily counted and played together. They love lines so spent the time re arranging the lines I had made. Then they got their mixer out and made acorn and mushroom pies. 

 

Book - That's not my car

Buttercup found this week's book basket and sat down with it to explore. Mummy spent ages matching cars to the characteristics that mean it is not "my car". However, Buttercup took a different approach and matched the toys cars to the the cars in the book by colour. Bear saw the cars and was straight over to play.
   When I sat and read it to them they loved being able to play with the cars and stop to feel each page. Once I had finished reading they raced the cars around the living room. They loved this book and added to the cars in the basket as the week went on. 

 

Craft - Painting with cars

You will need:
Cars,
Tubes (big enough to hold the car),
Paint,
Paper.

Squeeze your paint into the tubs and push the car into the paint to make sure all four wheels are coated and it's easy for the children to reapply the paint. Then let your children explore. 
   The Twins love painting- as soon as I say the word paint they are charging for the paints to pick a colour each. So you can imagine double delight when they spotted the cars as well. 
   At first they used them like stamps, so making a four dots pattern. However, they soon spotted what Button was doing with her car and copied. 
   Bear loved to make car noises as he drove it through the paint and then over the paper. 
   Buttercup loved telling me the colours she was using and which she wanted next. They went on to paint a few more pictures before we cleaned the cars together.

 

Tuff tray - Car wash

I gave them a tub of water with some washing up liquid in it and some clean flannels and left them to wash their messy cars. 
   Buttercup, who isn't normally keen on water play got straight down to the task ahead and washed the cars using the flannels. She really enjoyed wiping the cars and wrapping them in the flannels. 
   Bear loved driving the cars through the water and played for a good 45 minutes with the cars and water. Long after Buttercup had got bored and moved on, he still sat there now squeezing the flannels over the top of the cars and watching the water dripping down. He was soaked the tray was soaked but who cared, he was in his own little world and it was magical to watch.

 

Fine motor skills - Imitating a cross

Both Twins were excited to draw. In Bear's case, possibly too excited. They did not really want to watch as I showed them drawing a cross, they just wanted to draw. After an initial burst, Bear did at least try and replicate the movement for a cross. However, at this stage it became more like a group of scribbled horizontal lines rather than one line crossing  another line. Buttercup was concentrating more on the colours, the crayons and then drawing what she wanted to draw. After a few attempts we left them free-styling, which they loved- showing us what they had done when they finished.

 

Gross motor skills - Stairs

So both Twins have mastered going up the stairs and enjoy giving Mummy a heartattack as they now don't want to hold on to anything. 
   So now we are working on coming down. Bear is fine coming down on his bum and is very confident. Buttercup on the other hand just stands on the top step wanting to be carried. So we have been working on a few steps at the bottom of the staircase and will add a few more each time. We need to build her confidence with the stairs first. 
 
Life skill -  Hammering

We have a lovely little hammering set with pins and wooden shapes. It was Button's and now the Twins'. They love it when it's out. The pins are small so we have to supervise this toy. 
  It was lovely watching them take turns with the hammer and encourage each other. They tried to do the pins themselves and Buttercup managed to get a few in the tiny holes before hammering them in, which is a great fine motor practice.
  They listened to Daddy carefully as he showed them how to hold and use the hammer. We use a slightly bigger toy hammer, which for the age I think helps with hand eye coordination. They loved it and made a lovely picture. 

Role play - Toolset

Buttercup and Bear both used the tools from the toolset to "fix" the stable. Buttercup was also happy to try on the hat and hi-vis jacket. Both, but especially Buttercup also used the tools on the Piano leg.
Bear was very clear on the use of the tool bench: putting screws in the holes; lining up wood on the bench; and grabbing the saw, saying "cut", grabbing some wood and trying to saw it.

 

Play scene - Farm

Bear and Buttercup went straight for the farm. Playing with the stable and the farmyard. Bear telling me "I love horsey". Buttercup was very clear that the gate to farmyard be shut when not in use, even telling Bear off for leaving it open. Bear liked running the tractor along the fence like a train track and walking a horse and a dog up and down a ladder in the stable. He also wanted to share his experience with his sister saying "look, Buttercup, I found a sheep". Buttercup loved putting the animals to sleep and waking them up with a loud "wakey, wakey, morning" and closing up the stable.
  During the week Mummy sat and played farms with them. We got our Elle and bee tractor and animals out. The Twins love this toy, Bear took the tractor straight away and started to move the animals to different parts of the farm using the tractor and trailer. Buttercup still liked to put the animals to bed and even blew them kisses as she tucked them in. 
  
Open ended play - nature

Buttercup did briefly pick up some leaves and branches from the tree. Her main focus though was the wooden fruit. She brought the fruit to me and then grabbed the wooden dish. She arranged the fruit in the dish and then asked me to carry it to the kitchen. Buttercup then opened the oven and put the dish of fruit in it to cook.
   The Twins found the little Autumn scene I set up one night (using @elle.and.bee trees, acorns and mushrooms) and soon grabbed mummy and daddy peg dolls from @littlewoodenones to play. Buttercup had mummy jumping in the 'crunchy leaves' and then we did some colour play. So I asked for a red acorn and they found the red acorn etc. Buttercup then went and grabbed the horse from the farm to take a walk through the woods. I pretended to feed one of the horses an acorn Buttercup became upset saying he was sick and poor horsey. She gave it a big hug to make him better. 

 

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