The other day, I was looking for a quick activity that would be fun for Isabelle. She gets bored with her toys after awhile, and constantly looking for her brothers. The #cerradoboys were out for their haircut bonding😜.
Since I constantly looking for new activities using materials in our home.I grabbed few sticks of pasta and a handful of straws. We only have the paper straws right now, so I cut them down to fit into her tiny hands.
When I set out the materials, Isabelle was immediately interested in them. She wasn’t quite sure what to do with them, though, until I showed her how to put a straw in the pasta.
It took a lot of concentration, but she did it!
It was a lot of fun for her, and so easy to put together. I know we’ll do it again soon.
Thank you for finding time to read my posts. Please feel free to share them as well!
Have an inspiring, positive homeschooling ahead! Stay blessed!
I know you know that I love free printables! But sometimes, an impromptu activity comes to mind that I don’t want to take the time to look in the pinterest and print it.
Inigo loves numbers but needs lots of practice in recognition and improving fine motor skills creating this DIY clip card using markers, cardboard and clothespins we had was a great alternative!
While doing this activity he is not only learning the math skills but also building up the strength in his fine motor skills which is essential for writing soon.
Tweezers and Paint Tray.
Now here’s a fun activity that uses materials readily available in our house.
Take a clean paint tray or ice cube tray, a pair of tweezers, buttons, pompoms colored cotton balls or macaroni pasta.
Since we only have uncooked and uncolored pasta. I just ask Angelo to try to transfer the small pasta using tweezers.
However, for more challenging task, you can ask your toddler to sort items into the tray slots by color, size, or quantity.
The goal of this activity is to teach the toddler to hold the tweezers using the proper pincer grip (thumb on one side, and the pointer and middle fingers on the other).
This was a really great project for us because lately I have been looking for good activities to keep Angelo occupied in preparation this school year. He will be kindergarten (in just a few more months! I’m so excited!!)
There’s always something fun to do when you are indoors on a Saturday activities.
And one of it is making a pasta necklace, with supplies you might already have in your kitchen cupboard.
We made this activity when he was two years old. But he didn’t pay much attention.
Today was a good start to practice his fine motor skills. I did not realize how much Angelo would enjoy making these pasta necklaces! He was excited about every step, and loved wearing his necklace around the house for the rest of the day.
uncooked pasta such as ziti, penne, or macaroni.
Shoe lace or yarn
To make your own pasta necklace let your child thread the beads through, And kept on stringing. Angelo enjoyed it long enough to make two necklaces.
How sweet! One for daddy A and me. We are short of shoelace so nothing for Tita Keke!
We’re starting to work many more pre-writing toddler appropriate activities into our mornings. I really enjoy watching Angelo as he started to learn the strokes.
Angelo has a little thing for water, so I knew he’d get a kick out of this activity, too. Plus paint with water is a great activity to help toddler with motor skills.
I set out a little dish with just a little water to fill the bottom of it.
Handed Angelo a few paintbrushes and showed him how to trace his name.
And oh boy! Painting with water was a blast!
Clean-up was a snap. The brush and the little dish got a quick rinse in the sink.
This happened to be a neat, mess-free day.
Do you know that there are a few shapes that need to be mastered in order to write. I don’t know if they have to be mastered in order to be able to write, but it may help with neat handwriting and cause less frustration. Some of these shapes include vertical lines , horizontal lines , circles and etc.
I knew our easel will play a big role in preparing the little tot to write.My aim is to help him to write without switching hands and strengthening his arms.
Chalk help create drag so it’s an easy way to help strengthen his hand and pincer grasp.
Easel or A3 paper taped on the wall
Chalk or pencil
Draw dots to be connected on the easel. We started with vertical which Angelo find it easy. As he get more proficient we tried horizontal,zigzag and curves or slopes. maybe next week we’ll try shapes.
Here’s the sample of our pre-writing activities