Colour - yellow (display)
Sticking tissue paper to make a chick
Shape - oval
Book - That's not my chick
Fine motor skills - drawing straight lines
Gross motor skills - avoiding obstacles
Life skill - cutting
Tuff tray - corn and feathers with yellow chicks (pound shop)
Sensory basket - opposites
Small World - different chickens
Finger song - twinkle twinkle
This is left out all week for them to explore and play with it. Therefore, it needs to be items that are safe for your child so that if you are not playing with them they can still explore.
We used this week:
Buttercup was up first and was very excited by the display. She was not overly impressed at having to wait for Bear to get up.
When they were both up Buttercup went straight over and started bringing items over to Bear who was still waking up. He then joined her. They both focused on the plastic yellow food items at first, naming and eating them. It didn't take long for Bear to find the big truck and Buttercup to use the bucket as either a bag or a hat.
Tissue paper chick
You will need:
Yellow tissue paper.
Draw your children a circle, add legs and wings. This is their chick. I coloured the wings yellow but that's optional. Depending on the age of your children either let them add the glue
themselves, or if they are young like the Twins cover the circle in glue and then let them stick on the tissue paper themselves. Once dry add eyes with the pen.
Bear enjoyed this activity a lot and shouted stick as he stuck the tissue paper on the page. Buttercup preferred to pull her pieces off once she had added a few. We also noticed Button drawing and they would rather have done that so we moved on to practicing straight lines.
That's not my chick
For this I had different types of chick toys in with the book. Luckily it was Easter time so the pound shop was full of them. I had a chick basket, a light up chick, chick bubbles, a teddy chick, a small fluffy chick and a lovely hand painted wooden chick. I sat and read the book and at each page produced another chick for them to play with. I saved the bubbles for last as I knew what was coming. They loved all the chicks and explored them until the bubbles. The bubbles kept them busy for ages- Mummy blew them, Button blew them even Gran blew some. Bear had a good go and Buttercup tried but wanted to eat the bubble wand more. Eventually I put the bubbles away and left them with the other chicks, Bear took the book and went and sat on the sofa while Buttercup filled the chick bag with all the other chicks and went for a walk waving bye to us all lol.
Truff tray (easy set up)
You will need:
Spoons, scoops etc.
I made this look inviting and then let the children play. Buttercup went straight for the kernels and filled a cup with them, then poured them all over herself and started again. Bear liked the feel of running his hands through them and digging into them. Then he got the scoop, filled a cup and shook them everywhere to Mummy's horror lol. Buttercup also enjoyed finding the chicks Mummy hid in the kernels and then started to hide them herself. Even Button enjoyed this sensory and invented popcorn ice-cream with a feather topping and helped Buttercup hide the chicks. It was a nice easy sensory play after a busy day.
Drawing straight lines
Children should be scribbling from 13 months on and by 18-20 months children should be able to draw curved lines but straight lines are a little harder. Both twins can draw curves and Buttercup can draw a circle when asked, so we decided to encourage straight lines. Today Button helped them by drawing lines first and seeing if they could copy. They both scribbled and if you look close enough you can see straight lines but I don't think they were intentional.
Cutting wooden food
While Grandad visited from Spain, he bought the Twins some lovely wooden fruit and vegetables that can be cut. We left this out all week on the side for them to explore and try and
cut with the wooden knife. A great starting point for young hands.
At first they found this really tricky, their hand eye coordination wasn't delevoped enough to get the knife down the grooves. We started by sitting with them and guiding their hands, they also explored them alone. By Wednesday morning Bear had figured it out and Buttercup wasn't far off. They still need help every so often and the cucumber is the hardest as it rolls away but the bread is nice and easy for them to focus on. They love the toy so it's a great way to learn a skill without even realising.
For this I placed their chairs in the middle of the room and then got Button to chase them around. They did pretty well at avoiding the big obstacles apart from when they looked behind them to run away, in those cases they would go straight into the chair. They love being chased so it's a great simple game to help them develop this skill. Next time I will try small objects and see if they are easier or harder to avoid.
This is a really hard concept for 21 month olds to get their head around but we have this lovely puzzle to just start introducing it. It was given to us from a family from Church whose children
had out grown it. Some of the pieces were textured which is great for toddlers. Bear was taken by the door that opened to show a little mouse, Buttercup was interested in all of them and sat happily
checking them all over. At one stage she spotted that Bear had the one with the open door and found me the one with the closed door and said shut, I thought this was a great start as she realised it
We also bought a lovely opposites book by Roald Dahl which the Twins loved, a few of the pages had flaps so they took turns in opening them up. They love books and this one made opposites seem simple with beautiful drawings by Quentin Blake and bright colours.
As usual we left a tray of a shape out to explore and play with and this week was Ovals. By the end of the week we had lost them lol, but it's a great way to slowly introduce shapes to them. When they bring them to us we will say the shape and sometimes the colour. Having them around just let's them learn and discover at their own pace without being forced. It encourages language skills and communication skills.
Playlist 1 and 'Twinkle little star'
Playlist one has two of their favourites and we started the morning dancing with Button to them. They do all the actions to 'if your happy and you know it' and to 'walking in the jungle'.
It's great to see them get excited about dancing with their big sister and shout for her to join in.
The Twins already know 'twinkle twinkle little star' as we sing this one a lot but this time was the first time Buttercup decided to sign the whole lot to Mummy which was so lovely to see. To top that she also heard Bear singing it to himself.