At 42 Degrees

At 42 Degrees

Friday, June 12, 2015

More Fine Motor Activities & Summer Stuff

 Our super sonic summer is in full gear,...and Isaac has been very busy,....

Fun stuff, you know, shaved ice with big brothers,...or rather big brothers had shaved ice, while Isaac had a diet coke as sensory fun only goes so far,...

Isaac took his first yoga class!!!!
Did he get it?
Does it matter?

Dance Class is not a first,...but solo dance class is,...
and the very first class went not-so-good,
as Isaac cried, the entire class,
the second class was better, as they allowed Mama to be an aide,
which meant no tears,
but when Isaac wasn't clinging to me, 
he was insisting we were, "All done." - and suggesting we, "GO!"
BUT,  let's take hope,...there were a few giggles,
and Isaac was SUPER interested in the piano and musician, Mr. Steve,
and Isaac did like the obstacle course with balance beams and hoops,
so again,...we'll try next week,...

SPLASH PAD, always a HUGE success!!!!!

Oh yeah,...sunshine smiles here,...and Isaac is doing great about respecting the boundaries,
as who-ever designed this splash pad didn't think to GATE the area,
and it opens into an open parking lot,
and yeah,...most parents are not thrilled with the arrangement.
Safety folks, safety,...

When Isaac is not swimming and playing and giggling and trying to get out of dance class,
he has therapy appointments as we're trying to get our little guy all the help he needs,...

Lots of therapy at home, which Isaac thinks is just play, 
and I don't intend on enlightening him on that theory anytime soon,...
Instead, "Let's play!"

Fine Motor is our emphasis at the moment,...trying to strengthen those little fingers for Kindergarten

Missing foam puzzle put to good use with chip-clips,...

Scouring thrift stores for therapy materials and projects,...
This Chinese checker board was .59 cents,
the pom-pons $1.00,....

Interestingly Isaac liked this activity more when we added the tweezers, total score!!!

Speaking of scoring,...this plastic tube,...I found at the hardware store,
it is suppose to protect florescent light bulbs,
but the moment I saw it I thought, "BALL RUN!!!"
Little plastic ball,...clear plastic tube,...enthusiastic little boy.
"COOL!!!" says Isaac,...

Thick rubber bands on a round chip canister,
Isaac can't put the bands on the canister, yet, but he thinks its fun to take them off,
and we take his therapy - one step at at time.

Ok,...this is a brilliant low cost therapy toy
Thick smoothie straws in a clean dish detergent container,
and Qtips color coded on each end with a color marker.
How low tech can you get?
Isaac LOVES this game,...giggles, giggles, giggles, those pincher fingers are strengthened 

This oil changing funnel was only $1.00,...and we're reusing the pom-poms,
now marbles are cooler,...and we do use marbles,
but only with Mama-supervision,...
however these pom-poms are pretty cool swirling down,
and safer to be left out for independent play than marbles,...

More pom-poms?
Yeah, I got a good deal on pom-poms at the craft store,
and for fine motor therapy they are great,
especially with this egg-shaped cage,
which I found at the thrift store,
who knows what it is,...something from Easter, maybe?
Isaac has to poke the large pom-poms into the cage,
which takes effort,
ohhh, those finger muscles,...Isaac!!!!

Dollar store rings,...I had them on a rice stuff glove,
and Isaac was, "Meh,"
So I cut up a dollar store noodle and sliced notches,
which I colored with a markers, so they are easier to see,
and THAT got Isaac's attention.
Again,...this is a surprisingly 'tough' fine motor activity,
it takes more effort than you'd think to get those rings in place.

preK skills,...opposites: Big and Little,
Everything and Anything for therapy purposes,
these teeth are dental floss containers,
how nice of the company to give us a BIG tooth,
and a LITTLE tooth,
Isaac likes to work this like a puzzle,
as I drum in the concept:
"BIG tooth,...LITTLE tooth,"
and yes, Isaac gives me a look, "Yeah,...I got it,...sorry you're so confused over the concept."

More dollar store stuff,...bug containers,...which I've labeled,...and pony beads,
as always with small objects a parent should always
use their judgement with a child's age and mouthing tendencies.

The object of this activity is to place the number of beads into the containers,
Isaac is polite over this, but it doesn't thump his heart,...not yet anyway.

However Isaac really, really, really likes these cylinder devices,
when I found them at the thrift store for $1.60,
I did't know if they were uber expensive math manipulatives,
or el cheap hair curlers.
Since then, I've discovered they are old school hair curlers,
but who cares,
they are perfect for fine motor activities,
Hello, counting, color sorting, size sorting, patterns,...these nesting cylinders are totally cool.

 Sensory, sensory, sensory, not Isaac's favorite,
however he kinda likes these sensory hands,
from top to bottom: blue foam from that pool noodle, rice, orange play dough, and lentils.
Isaac will hold these, and give them a high five,
then he's done,...all done,...thank you very much,
but we'll keep trying with different materials,
I think pine straw next,...I double up the latex gloves for security.

Last but not least is Isaacs FAVORITE activity, date.
When I was shopping for therapy materials,...I saw these nesting mixing bowls at Walmart,
they were $4.00, I walked by them a couple visits without putting then in the cart,
I mean, does Isaac really needs a set of mixing bowls?
But that rainbow kept calling to me, "Take the chance," 
So I did,...and Isaac has been THRILLED with these bowls,
The lids nest, the bowls nest,...and then you can match the bowls to lids,...FUN!!!

Even more fun is what happens next,...building an uber cool tower,
and what is even more fun is when you invert the tower,
which is incredibly difficult to do,
although Isaac insists we try to make a "Whirl pool"
and upside down it does look like a vortex,
and it is as unstable as a vortex, but that's the fun,
unfortunately these are cheap, and they are meant to be static mixing bowls,
not activity towers,
I've had to repair one bowl with clear tape,
but as Isaac has been sooooo enthusiastic,
I'll be on the look out for studier mixing bowls with rainbow lids,
for all the social interaction,...they would be worth every penny!!!

Super sonic summer is in full gear,...but Isaac thinks all this play time is FUN!!!

Or "Cheese" as Isaac is saying in this pix.

Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!

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