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).
Once again we’re at our favourite activity, painting. Today it’s painting with Q-Tips (cotton buds)
And I’ve included our favorite activity to hone Angelo’s writing skills.
We got out our washable paint and some q-tips and I’ve pre-written his name for him to trace.(I’ve got this brown paper from Homes R’ Us – it’s actually wrapping paper)
This fun activity provides an opportunity for Angelo to learn how to write his name. I wrote his name on paper with a marker. Remember to write the first letter using a capital letter then the rest in lower case. I let Angelo trace over the name with the Q-tips. By repeating this activity, he will begin to understand the strokes on how to write his own name!
It was fun and easy.
It wasn’t crazy-messy, which was a bonus.
When he’s done he went straight to our easel and he was so excited to write his name.
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.