Week 25

Week 25

Number - 9
Book - When
Craft - Bear prints
Tuff tray -Fake snow 
Fine motor skills - Tweezers
Gross motor skills - Balance beam
Life skill -  Pouring
Role play - Shop
Play scene - Noah's ark
Open ended - Rainbows

 

Number - 9

We kept it nice and simple this week as Mummy is full of cold. We got out our number puzzles and worked on these. These are great for hand eye coordination, fine motor skills and problem solving as well as counting. 
  As they put each number in place I told them the number and we counted to 9 a lot as I pointed to each number. I really just want to start slowly introducing the numbers and getting them used to seeing them as well as learning to count. 

 

Book - When

I love this little story, about how the little bear wants to grow up to be brave and strong and tall and kind and everything that makes him him. The Twins love their wooden bears so happily joined in and hugged their bears as I read. Buttercup even reached up tall with the bear at the right point of the book. It's such a lovely calm book for before bed and we read it a lot this week. 

 

Craft - Bear prints

So Mummy made some stamps from an old box and the glue gun. These were great apart from the fact the paint was so thick it filled between the glue and wasn't great stamp wise. We will roll the paint onto the stamps next time to get a clearer stamp. 
   The Twins however didn't care that they were not perfect and loved making bear prints. They growled as theg stamped the paint around the page. I picked Autumn colours, as we are at the start of October, and of course we needed brown bears- so brown, green, yellow and orange. They made some brillant pictures.
   
Tuff tray - Fake snow

You will need:
The same amounts of 
                        Baking soda 
                        and Cornflour,
Small amount of water,
A big tub,
Spoons, scoops and moulds etc.

So add the cornflour and baking soda together and then slowly add a little water at a time till it clumps together when you mould it but will break back down when crumbled. 
The Twins had a really busy morning before we set this up so it could have gone one of two ways: Been a nightmare with no-one wanting to play; or really well. I assumed it would be the first as Bear had spent the lunch time screaming through tiredness. However, actually he sat the longest. He must of found it relaxing and calming. They loved that they could fill moulds as it was like sand but they could also mix and stir it and it would crumble down. 
  Bear even used his tweezers which is great as it's this weeks fine motor skill. 

 

Fine motor skills - Tweezers

Mummy didn't plan anything for tweezers and was just going make something up in the week. In the end actually Button came up with a great idea while playing doctors with them. She asked for some cotton wool and when I mentioned that I needed to do tweezers with the Twins this week, she said that doctors use tweezers to hold the cotton wool to clean cuts so they could do that. 
    With that she grabbed three dolls while I grabbed the cotton wool and tweezers. They love copying their big sister and following her lead so they all sat together with a pair of tweezers each sharing the cotton wool balls. It was great practice for them to hold the cotton balls in the tweezers. Bear really enjoyed this activity and really tried to pick them up with the tweezers. Buttercup tried a few times then started to pull the cotton balls apart. 

 

Gross motor skills - Balance beam

The Twins get so excited when this is out. Button is so great at helping them with it and they love walking along it throughout the day. Button even ties it in to their games and play, she lines it up to lead to the sofa or uses it as walls in their pretend house area and the Twins enjoy following her lead and playing along. It's great for gross motor skill and balance. Both are too nervous to let go of our hands at the moment but Bear is close. 

 

Life skill -  Pouring

 
We kept it simple this time and as it's a life skill we used their drinking cups and told them I needed help making the drinks for dinner. They did amazing at first, pouring water from one cup to the next. Giving them independence and encouragement to do these things will help their confidence grow as well as their hand eye coordination, fine and gross motor skills, social skills and life skills. After a while they soon either started drinking it or spilling it but I was so proud of them for really getting into the task and succeeding at the start. 

 

Role play - Shop

  This was a lot of fun to have out this week. Thanks to some gifted printouts from little_bitsnbobbins the shop was completely personalised. They had name badges and cards as well as a shopping list which she let us add our favourite foods to. 
    Daddy then made a pretend conveyor belt and "next customer" sign. It was lovely watching them play together, taking turns being the customer and cashier. They love their wooden till so that was used a lot through the week.
     When Buttercup was the customer she liked to match the foods to the ones on the list whereas Bear just liked to tell me what I needed to buy as if I was his helper lol. 
   
Play scene - Noah's ark

The Twins love animals so this is always a great toy. They love the little ramp and spend ages walking each animals up the ramp and into the "house" then Buttercup lined them all up along the floor and kissed each one good night. 
   Bear enjoyed making roaring sounds for the lion as he walked up the ramp and they learnt that the bird was a dove. 

 

Open ended - Rainbows

   The rainbows are always in reach for the Twins but this week they are on the bottom shelf and when I play with them I get them all out for them to explore. The first time I sat with the them Bear wanted to make circles with them and then lined all the biggest ones up to make a huge tunnel for his car to go through. Buttercup stood hers up in different places and ways to make patterns. It's so amazing to see them use such a simple toy in different ways. 

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