We needed a slow Sunday today. Q is teething and keeping me up most of the night these days. X, however, sleeps just fine, so he wakes up ready to go.
We have been really loving our monthly puzzle from Mother Goose Time. It correlates with the book of the month and is one of the first things X asks for when we open our box. He has improved SO much that while I thought the puzzle would keep him busy long enough for me to make a cup of coffee, I was wrong. He did it all on his own, and quickly. But when he finished, he just took it apart and did it again. Meanwhile he was also retelling the story of Bella and the Umbrella. Completely unprompted. So in our first few moments (despite my sleepless fog) he was working on math, reasoning, fine motor, language litteracy and memory skills! I’m glad one of us was on the ball this morning.
So, coffee in hand we started to look at Invitation to Create. We were not disappointed. The photo of a cool, metal, twisty sculpture was our inspiration for today. With it came a variety of different sized cylinders and different widths of paper to curl around them.
X went to town experimenting and exploring the materials. More fine motor work! Additionally he was predicting what the outcome of his experiments were going to be. Figuring out how to manipulate the paper around the tube provided just the right amount of challenge. He had to really work at it, but he was able to accomplish it without getting frusterated.
Fine motor work is something I’ve always really focused on. Building those small muscles and connecting the movement of hand to the brain is so so important. These are the building blocks to writing. Fine motor skills are also very important for independence. Fine motor skills are the foundation for brushing teeth, zippering and buttoning clothes, etc.
After curling and bending and taping the papers he went to work with his scissors.
He was estimating and comparing sizes while cutting. I love when he can work math and motor skills in one project. To wrap it all up he made a pretty cool collage by glueing all his bits and pieces. He worked for quite some time on all of this. Long enough for me to drink an entire cup of coffee while it was still warm. That doesn’t happen very often in mom life!
X is really starting to embrace the process art projects we get ea chance week with the Invitations to Create. He’s forming and following his own ideas and being truely creative. He may not make a keepsake each time, but the skills, indepence and creativity he’s building is so important!
He even managed to work in some gross motor work when he decided to sweep up all the little bits and pieces he’d dropped!
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