Hang It Up!

This isn’t a new idea, but it is a great one. Set up your kids with their own clothesline. It’s a wonderful way to work on fine motor skills, and have fun at the same time!

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I strung up some twine in our playroom, and then provided Trevor with an invitation to hang up paper t-shirts with wooden clothespins.

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I found these shirts as part of a teacher’s back-to-school packet on clearance for $1, but you could easily just make some yourself out of cardstock or construction paper.

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I had to demonstrate to Trevor how to use both hands to hang up a shirt on the clothesline, but after that he only needed a little verbal prompting. I was very impressed with how well he did with this!

 

What is your favorite clothespin activity?

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Virtual Book Club: Garden Week

We had a great time participating in the Virtual Book Club again this week. Here are all of the Garden Week books we read and activities we did:

Monday: “Curious George Plants a Seed”

I filled a plastic tote with dirt and set out some shovels and play food for Trevor to bury. In the book George buries all sorts of things in the ground while learning about what does and does not grow, starting with the contents of the Man in the Yellow Hat’s kitchen. With the addition of water our activity quickly turned into a mud pie kitchen. It was a lot of fun.

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Tuesday: “Rock It, Sock It, Number Line”

I drew a number line from 1 to 10 on our driveway in sidewalk chalk. Then I put a different vegetables on each number and set a soup pot filled with water at the end of the line. I invited Trevor to walk the line, picking up a vegetable and then putting it in the pot. We made veggie soup just like in the book. Walking a line is a great gross motor activity, and a skill Trevor has been working on in PT.

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Wednesday: “Jack and the Beanstalk”

At preschool this year Trevor grew a little bean plant. I had planted it in a planter for him and we used that bean stalk as the basis for some Jack and the Beanstalk small world play. I also included Jack, his mom, the cow, the old man, beans, the giant, the hen, a gold egg, and a harp, as well as a Mega Blocks house for Jack and his mom and castle for the giant. This was by far Trevor’s favorite activity. He had so much fun playing Jack and the Beanstalk!

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Thursday: “Let’s Plant a Garden”

We kept our activity simple. I filled up all sorts of containers with water (from watering cans to squirt guns to bowls) and put them in the garden. We watered plants, but mostly watered ourselves, lol 🙂

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Friday: “Big Red Apple”

I drew an apple tree on some easel paper (with apples numbered 1 through 10). Then I cut an apple in half and set Trevor up with some red paint to do some apple printing. Although I thought it was a neat activity, Trevor was more interested in finishing painting as quickly as possible and sitting on the back step and eating an apple, lol 🙂

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We’re looking forward to next week: Water Play! Hope you join in the book club fun too.

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Pretend Play: Firefighting

Last Thursday the local fire department visited Trevor’s preschool.  And in true Trevor fashion he developed a mini-obsession with the idea of firefighting.  He had to wear his fire helmet all weekend, including to his OT session on Friday.  If I hadn’t made him take it off, I’m sure he would have slept with it and bathed with it too, lol 😉

So to go along with his new-found interest in firefighting we came up with a fun way to play firefighters.  I cut out some red construction paper in the shape of flames and taped it to our pantry door.  Then I grabbed a recycled paper towel roll and stuffed blue tissue paper in one end to create a fire hose.  I got out his scooter board to use as a fire truck (and work on those gross motor skills too!).  He insisted that fire trucks have to be red, so I ended up duct taping a red kitchen towel to the top of the scooter board for him.

He had a blast “fighting fires”.  I loved seeing his play skills blossom and was impressed at how much better he is at the scooter board (yay for progress!).

I hope you all have as much fun fighting fires as we did this weekend 🙂

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And sorry the picture is a little blurry.  I’m blogging from my phone a lot now given the hectic, sleep-deprived life I’m leading 😉

Workin’ at the Car Wash, Yeah!

After watching an episode of “Curious George” with Trevor in which George designs a car wash for his toy cars I was inspired to set up a Car Wash for Trevor.  George’s Car Wash was pretty elaborate, but I decided to go simple.  I filled a plastic under the bed storage container with water and dish soap, then added in a sponge, a cup, and Trevor’s plastic trucks.  He had a blast playing with his Car Wash and it couldn’t have been an easier project for this tired pregnant mama to assemble.  The Car Wash is a great way to work on pretend play skills, do some fine motor work (pouring water, squeezing the sponge, etc.) as well as to do some sensory exploration with the water and bubbles.

 

Checking out the Car Wash:

 

Squeezing the sponge:

 

Washing a truck (Trevor does so much better at pretend play when he has a concrete idea in his head.  We watched George wash cars, then he was able to do it too):

 

Rinsing another truck:

 

He washed his cars a few times, but mostly he enjoyed putting the trucks in and out of the Car Wash.  He loves to move his toys around:

 

Proud of his work:

 

Enjoying taking them back out again:

 

Some nice sensory and fine motor play popping bubbles: