1. Floss has been really into watching me cut things out lately. I did some research and found some scissors that I felt were suitable for her. She’s had great fun attempting to make snips in playdough. Although you wouldn’t describe the action as ‘cutting’, yet, her motor control over the scissors is definitely improving each time she uses them.
2. Oh you can do so much with a little bag. Floss enjoys several games that we play with small objects. The objects I use, some she can name and some she knows the name of. I normally have one object that introduces new vocabulary to her. Games we play include
- Show a very small part of the object out of the bag and gradually increase how much you show.
- Have just one item in the bag and get your little one to put their hand in and try and guess what it is.
- Say the name of an item and get your little one to try and fish out that item without looking.
3. Music, big sheet of paper and crayons. Put on a piece of music and give your child a crayon in each hand and let them create. I put on Orinoco Flow by Enya for Floss the other day and gave her some blue crayons. She had a great time and you could definitely see that the music affected her movement and tempo.
Thank you Galina Dolya™ for granting permission to use images of FINGER GYM and share some of the lovely activities.
4. Finger Gym by Galina Dolya & Judy Holder. The lovely people behind Finger Gym are letting me share with you some of the great ideas in their book. This week I’m sharing this fab idea that Floss loves called ‘My Toolkit’. You use your hands to make different actions to mimic tools. With most of the activities there is a language element to them as well. Floss loves having a go at copying me as I say the words and do the actions. As well as a saw and hammer there is a screwdriver, pincers and a drill. We’ve made up our own for a sander and chisel too. What would you add?
5. I couldn’t not give a shout out to the humble ball this weeks. Firstly, the word ball is the favourite and it’s the first thing Floss has said to me most mornings this week. We’ve headed downstairs and she’s gone straight for the box of balls. They’re definitely developing her balance as she moves to chase a ball she throws and I also love the social aspect of passing a ball between each other.