Week 28

Number 2

Book - Room on a broom
Craft - Witch hats
Tuff tray - Gloop 
Fine motor skills - straight lines and circles
Gross motor skills - jump bottom step 
 Life skill -  clamping pegs
Role play - Mummies and Daddies
Play scene - Train set
Open ended - Arches

 

First reactions

Both went straight for the kitchen. Buttercup looked round while Bear went to the washing line and picked a top for himself. Buttercup tried to tell him it was for the baby but he insisted. I showed him how it was too small to fit over his head and then how well it fitted the baby. Bear accepted this and wanted to put the peg on the line. I told him to turn the peg round and then showed him how to peg it. He copied straight away.

Bear then went to the arches while Buttercup spoke to baby in his cot. Bear said "Tunnel" and then as he brought a piece to the sofa he saw another possibility saying "tower". He then went to get both of the "big ones" and carried them a little way before deciding they were too "heavy". He put them down, grabbed a car and pushed it through the tunnel to the train track. He then got his car to follow the train, driving it alongside the track as he moved the train on the track. 

Buttercup meanwhile, grabbed a small arch and called it a "rainbow" before moving a big arch over to me to climb on and hug me. 

The rest of the morning Bear flitted between the "home", arches and train track but Buttercup was mainly "home" orientated. Especially when Button came and joined in with her.

 

Number 2

  Using our new number flashcards from minnieprints and our Elle.and.bee loose parts I made a small game up for the Twins. I asked them to place one ring and one acorn on each card, to match the two ducks. As they did this we counted to two each time. They both did this easily which was great. 
   Buttercup went one further and then matched all the 1,2 and 3 cards with their pictures. She loved playing with her new flash cards. 

Book - Room on a broom

Such a lovely well known book- a great story which rhymes and lots of characters to play with while we read. The Twins really listened and enjoyed this book. I gave them each character or item as I read it. We had a hat to wear and a wand to play with. I also remembered having it recorded on my Sky so we also watched it to really help the book come alive. The Twins were glued. 

 

Craft - Witch hats

   I kept this very simple for the Twins. I made a cone shape from black paper, by cutting out a circle, cutting a triangle from it  and then curling the resulting pacman shape in on itself. 
   I then gave them a pile of stickers. They really thought about what they wanted and where they wanted it. They knew they were hats and placed them on their heads as soon as they were done which was great. 

 

Tuff tray - gloop 

 Some simple and fun sensory play that just needs cornflour and water. Mix both togetherbeing aware that the more water you add the runnier it becomes. So you control how you want your consistency and I wanted it quite thick this time. You can also add food colouring but I wanted to keep it simple this toda. At first I wanted it like a swamp but then we remembered we had a cauldron so it became the witches' magic potion.
   I hid the animals in the gloop and then they used their spoons and scoops to get them out. Buttercup was a little nervous about touching it so she stuck to the scoops until she spotted Bear drizzling it on his foot. She then got a spoonful and helped him drizzling it on his foot then did it to herself. 
   She soon had her hands in and was drizzling it everywhere. 
   Bear was a lot more confident and covered himself in it after playing with the frog in the gloop. He really loved the frog lol. 

 

Fine motor skills - straight lines and circles

We had some birthday cards to make today so while all the drawing stuff was out I asked them to simply draw me a circle and a straight-line. They both found this easy to do and smiled proudly. I think it's time to take this off the curriculum and add something new

Gross motor skills - jump bottom step 

Bear loved doing this, not wanting or needing my hand, he just went for it. His first few jumps were excellent, both feet off at the same time. He then started to go backwards and take a big step off, one foot first.  Buttercup was a lot more nervous and wanted my hands. She did some amazing jumps with my support and eventually did it with just one hand holding me. Soon we will master no hands but there is no rush.

 Life skill -  clamping pegs
 
 So for the week we had a washing line set up in their play house set up. They played with it a lot. They could easily remove the pegs from the line but couldn't get them back on. We sat together a few times through the week to just work on pinching the peg to make them open. Building their finger muscles and pincer grip. They managed to open the peg but not control it enough to clamp anything. 
 
Role play - Mummies and Daddies

They have played with this all week and it's been lovely watching and listening to them be other people, making dinner and going out for the day lol.  I caught some pictures of Bear being the dog and Buttercup being Mummy, feeding the dog and the baby. Then they both sat and had a chat on the phone lol. 

 

Play scene - Train set

This is a well loved toy and is out most days but for Bear having it set up a week made his week perfect. Whenever he wanted some time out this is were you would find him. It's like his safe toy, he can sit and get lost in himself and his stories. You see him adding cars which chase the trains around the track, or race them along side. He has crashes, and rescues. Every now and then he lets Buttercup join in and this is really lovely. He gives her a train and you can see them talking to one another about what their train is doing and they crash into each other or stop and have a chat. 
   They have even grabbed the arches and used them as tunnels over the track. 

 

Open ended - Arches

I noticed the Twins playing together with a push along Thomas train and I took the opportunity to make them a tunnel from the arches. They were so excited that they sat and played for ages. They got different trains and cars and just passed them back and forth to each other. It was lovely to watch but also provided me some valuable time so I could do some other bits. 

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