Week 26

Number - 10

Book - Where's Bear?
Craft - Sticking (hide the animals)
Tuff tray - Play hide and seek with dolls house stuff
Fine motor skills - Stacking
Gross motor skills - Catch
Life skill -  Sweeping floor
Role play - Doctors
Play scene - Castle
Open ended - Blocks

 

Number - 10

Number ten was rather easy this week as our book was about counting to ten. So I had number puzzles out all week and when we did our book, exploring it through our craft and tuff tray we included counting to ten. We also played hide and seek and really encouraged and helped them count to ten.

 

Book - Where's Bear

Just a lovely little book about Hare and Bear playing hide and seek. A great book to encourage counting. The Twins loved this little story and joining in with their wooden animals. I also put a number puzzle in the basket to do. They both sat and did the puzzle together then Bear did it a few more times alone.
  They really enjoyed this book that we received free from the library, when they signed up. We read it a lot but this is the first time we explored it through play and crafts.

 

Craft - Sticking (hide the animals)

  This was a lot of fun to do. I drew Hares and Bears on the page and then cut coloured paper to use as doors. I folded a small strip along one side.
    I encouraged them to glue along the folded strip and showed them were to place it. Buttercup cottoned on quickly to glue were I pointed whereas Bear was so excited to have the glue he dabbed it everywhere.
    They both love colouring so I left them with the crayons to colour the animals. Buttercup liked to colour the doors while Bear wanted to colour the animals. Bear also found my wooden stencils and spent 20 minutes matching the stencil with the drawings.

 

Tuff tray -  Hide and seek with Bear and Hare

   This is a lot of fun. I laid out all some furniture from an old dolls house we had and encouraged the Twins to hide the Bear and Hare. It was great for communication skills as we used words like behind, under, in etc. They needed to know what each piece of furniture was called as well.
  It was also great for turn taking as they took turns to hide and find the animals, each time we counted to ten together so also great for counting skills. They really enjoyed this play and actually so did I. It was so simple and yet gave them so many chances to develop so many skills. What was also lovely was that Daddy was off to join in and watch them play which they loved.

 

Fine motor skills - Stacking

  We had their Grimm's 1001 nights blocks and their castle blocks out all week and I would find half built towers on many occasions. However, when I actually got to sit with them it was funny that Bear was the first to build me one. Normally blocks are Buttercup's favourite and she will sit for ages building things. Of course, the day I sat to play, Bear wanted to show me how high he could build. It was amazing to watch his concentration and excitement when he built it taller than himself.

 

Gross motor skills - Catch

  Bear loves playing catch so needed no encouragement. He is really good at catching, holding his hands out ready and catching most of what we throw at him. Buttercup is not far behind only missing a few catches as she sometimes closes her eyes as the ball is coming at her lol. Such a great simple activity to encourage hand eye coordination.

 

Life skill -  Sweeping floor

We have the Twins' broom out all the time as they love helping me sweep the floor. They still swing the brush around a lot but it's a fun pretend play that is encouraging a life skill.

 

Role play - Doctors

Playing doctors is Button's favourite pass time, so it's not hard to get her involved in this role play. This time she was Doctor with the help of one Twin as the nurse and the other Twin was the patient.
   First time round Buttercup was laying on the bed (they made this from their two chairs) and Button used the check list #gifted from @little_bitsnbobins to make up symptoms and an illness, while Bear gave her medicine. Then Bear and Buttercup swapped. Button did the same again but Buttercup rubbed cream on Bear and checked his ears and mouth while he lay there.
  It's a lot of fun to watch the three of them playing together and learning through the play.

 

Play scene - Castle

I love their castle set, I love watching them play, they are at a great age where they start to make up stories. Bear built a tower and put the prince on top of it. I then watched him walk the Princess up the side of his tower and carry the Prince down. It was simply magical to watch. When Button was younger she had so many toys out all the time I feel we stifled her play. Rotating the Twins' play means they really get to explore what's on offer and how to use their imagination.

 

Open ended play - Blocks

   It's amazing how much you can do with blocks. The Twins decided to make paths, steps, slides and even tunnels for the slides and their train set. They asked for their peg dolls so I grabbed their Mummy and Daddy set and their Mickey and Minnie set. They spent ages walking the peg dolls along their paths, up and down the stairs, down the slides and through their tunnels. Then they started making stories up and Daddy was kissing Minnie mouse which is so lovely to watch them do. Showing love through toys.

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