At 42 Degrees

At 42 Degrees

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summer Chilling,...

It's a good thing Isaac is chilling this summer because the temps outside are nearly 100 degrees
with a humidity to match,
but Isaac's good,...even when he has to endure shopping in a nice, air conditioned warehouse store.

Riding in a shopping cart is only dull,...if you make it so,
and Isaac is NEVER dull,...
Yoga, anyone?

Or acrobatics?

Or maybe,...we should behave 'cause Mama not amused,...

"Oops," says this expression,...

Fortunately Isaac wasn't as indifferent to Cotton Candy Grapes,
the nearest Isaac will probably ever get to actually cotton candy,
but that's OK,...these things taste even better,
and they are MUCH better for you, than the actually candy,...
During this heat wave they are especially good chilled,...

Keeping in the shade,...Father's Day while hopping a ride on the golf cart,
Isaac also got to visit, "Bock, Bock," and "Oink, Oink"
The closest he got to saying: chicken and pigs,...

Finding his own sensory fun, Isaac had a BLAST throwing dried, mud clods into a pond,
while visiting Papa's farm,...

Back home,...we're back on track with fine motor and preK activities,
here's a few I thought to photograph.

Isaac likes any type puzzle so he was game to play this sequencing match-up.

Work in progress,...
these are plastic containers from the dollar store,
I had three sets of each shape,
I filled each set with either: one, six, or twelve glass stones,
and then taped, taped, and added more tape.

The object is to introduce Isaac to the concept of Heavy & Light,
as he sorted through the colors and shapes,
it's very easy to tell the heaviest from the lightest,
the middle weight is a little more confusing,
but Isaac had fun with this activity,
and we can repurpose these weighted containers for various projects.
So score.

However modeling clay, golf tees and marbles were a bigger score,
talk about totally absorption!!!!

Sensory experiences took an exotic twist when my husband brought home 
It's a fruit, native to Malaysia,
and Isaac was game to hold one, has very soft spines,
and he was intensely curious when I peeled one open.
Tasting wasn't even a consideration for this experiment,
although Isaac would probably LOVED this fruit,
the inner sphere is textured like a fruit gummy candy,
and it's flavor is very mild pear/lime/almond,...

Back on track, Isaac tried to get me on track to go to the local Splash Pad.
"Go water," says Isaac as he dons his swimsuit.
"Not today," answers Mama, who is secretly thrilled Isaac dressed himself!!!!

Have no fear, Isaac is getting PLENTY of water-fun activities this summer,...
so much fun,...he obviously can't get enough.

Trying to stay a few steps ahead of Isaac, 
I presented him with a geo-board puzzle, his delight,
the object is to take rubber bands off, 
in correct order,
it's harder than it looks,...
You have to LOOK to see which band is on top of all the others.
Fine motor skills and a mental workout!!!!

Giggles too, Isaac adores the newest editions to our fine motor arsenal,
These iron-shaped clappers, I found at the thrift store,
who knows what they actually are,
but we are using them as rhythm-clappers,
for imitation practice.
I clap a very easy sequence: Rap, Rap, BANG,
and Isaac repeats,...happily repeats I may add.
And YES, they are very loud, but that's half the fun,
we also counts with them.

The peg-people family is also new,
I found an empty doll-house tray at the thrift store,
and purchased the peg-dolls, which I painted:
Daddy, Mama, Teddy, Michael, Isaac and even a spotted Oreo dog,
but Isaac was as downcast as he looks,
because he couldn't find, "Kelsey." - my middle son's girlfriend.
"Where's Kelsey?" Isaac kept asking as he hunted for the non-existent doll.

Oh dear,...a quick trip to the craft store,
and we now have a Kelsey doll, Isaac's posse is complete. 
Lots and lots of good pretend play with these dolls!!!!

As you can see they are at the lake,...taking boat ride,...Isaac's idea, yeah!!!

Back at the therapy center for Professional-type play therapy,
it's a very busy summer for Isaac,
but he's taking it is stride,
and no doubt dreaming of the SPLASH PAD,...

Therapy first,...and then Splash Pad,...and fun,
as we do try to notch down the therapy,
now and then,
so Isaac,
can just chill,
and be a kid.

After all, Isaac is only five years old,
but sooooo much has gone on in his little life,
and he's handled all the ups and downs and endless therapy
with a lot of grace,...for such a very little guy. 

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

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