Lacing Buttons and Beads

Buttons with just three holes.

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Lacing Buttons and Beads

Carter is 3 years, 3 months old.

You will need:

Large buttons with large holes (NOTE:  Most of my button’s holes were too small for the shoelace to go through, so we used mostly beads)
Shoelace or piece of string
Small container for buttons

Procedure:

1.               Put the buttons and string in a small container.

2.               Demonstrate how to tie a knot in the end of the string so that the buttons do not slip off.

3.               Thread a few buttons, one at a time, all the way to the end of the string.

4.               Pass the container for your child to try. When he is finished, tie to become a necklace or return the materials to the container.

Conclusion: I sat the materials on the table and walked away to gather some things for another activity and I returned to find Carter diving right in.  This was an excellent time to demonstrate how the beads fall off without the knot tied into the end.  We tied the knot and got to it.  He strung a few beads and buttons and then wanted to hand it off to me to finish.  This is code for one of 2 things: I am bored or I am tired.  Being that he’s got a little cold, I think he’s just a little worn down.

Even though I post the activities one a day, I don’t always do just 1 a day.  Some days Carter’s ready to work for hours.  Some days he’s done after just one.  I like to be ready.  On this day he was interested in all the activities, but a case of the yuckies really affected his perseverance with them.  I keep all the activities on a shelf for a few weeks at a time, so I’m hoping he’ll come back to them later.

What have you tried?  What’s working?

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Learning to Use Clothespins

Learning to Use Clothespins

Carter is 3 years, 3 months old.

You will need:

Small basket filled with clothespins

Procedure:

1.               Place the basket on the table and attach a few of the clothespins around the edge of the basket.

2.               Demonstrate how to pinch the clothespin fully open in order to fit onto the basket.

3.               Pass the basket to your child to complete.

Frustration in opening the clothespins

Pure JOY when it finally worked

Completed Work

4.               When finished, show how to remove them and put them back into the basket.

Conclusion:  This activity started off with much frustration for Carter.  He was making some angry sounds at the clothespins as they would snap shut on the way to the edge of the basket.  But, he stayed with it and it got easier as he went.  I really enjoy how these activities are teaching him this skill of sticking with a task even though it may be difficult at first.  When he finally started getting the clothespins to stay open long enough to clip them on the basket, his face would be full of joy and pride in himself.  I walked away to take a phone call while he worked on this.  He was so quiet, I wondered if he had walked away.  A few minutes later he brought the basket with them all clipped to the edges and we celebrated his success together.  We have yet to make it to Step 4.  He doesn’t want to take them off now.

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Water Drops on Wax Paper

Water Drops on Wax Paper

Carter is 3 years, 3 months old.

You will need:

Water
Food Coloring
Bowl
Dropper
Wax Paper
Cookie Sheet
Sharpie

Procedure:

1.                Draw small (dime size) circles on a length of wax paper with a Sharpie.

I put another step in here:  I let Carter practice sucking the water up into the dropper and squirting it out into the bowl for a while before he tried it on the wax paper.

Learning to Use a Dropper

2.                Show your child how to release one drop into each circle on the paper.  Then, suck the drops back up and put them into the cup.

3.                 Invite your child to try.

Sucking up the Water

Dropping the water into the circles

Conclusion: The was a VERY difficult fine motor activity, though Carter stuck with it for more than 30 minutes.  It took him a few tries making the drops before he could get a small enough amount to come out.  He was fascinated with sucking the water back up off of the wax paper, laughing hysterically each time he did it.  I LOVE the look of concentration on the last photo.

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