Feed the Lion:
(I first saw the idea here at Eyes of a Boy)
Monday night after Scout went to bed I explained my need for a friendly looking lion head to my husband. He thought my attempt was pretty hilarious and agreed to draw me a new one.
|Much better :)|
When we came downstairs Tuesday morning she was a little weary of the Lion on the table, but warmed up to it. She played with it for a while before getting her pipe cleaners out again. (She really likes those, but I had to take away to container for a little bit because she wanted to bang it against the coffee table and didn't listen when I told her not to.)
|Sorry about the poor quality, my flash isn't great.|
- pushing objects through
- fine motor skills
- letter recognition practice
- letters in her name
After her nap she played with the pipe cleaners again. My homemade paper lid eventually ripped and I had to make another one. Then she did a sticker project but I didn't take any photos of that. I had to peel the stickers off for her, and she seemed a little upset that once they were stuck on the paper she couldn't get them off again.
|Here is a picture from today of the finished product.|
- fine motor
- matching (a little)
- Lion, Elephant, Giraffe, Monkey, Tiger, Zebra, Rhinoceros (a new one for her)
At the Detroit Zoo (and probably other zoos, though I can't speak from experience) they have a station called "Handimals" where a person paints your hand, makes a hand print, and then draws your hand print into an animal of your choice. Last summer I got Scout a tiger print. Its adorable. I was originally thinking I'd try something like that, but the morning really got away from me somehow, so I just let her paint freestyle.
This was her first attempt at painting, and I may have tricked her a little bit by putting the paint in bowls (I thought it'd be easier for her to see and reach and not tip over) and putting a bib on her. So naturally she thought it was a snack and tasted it (though really she's been very picky about new foods recently and wouldn't even touch a strawberry this morning even though she'll eat them in her yogurt...but I digress.)
|Trying out her fingers instead of the brush.|
|Obviously having a moody Picasso moment here.|
|I couldn't stop laughing, and she looked at me like, "What?"|
- holding a paintbrush
- pre-writing (sort of)
- color mixing