Adam has been quite ill the past few weeks and our tubs and activities have sat lonely on the shelves just waiting to be explored. He's slowly starting to act like himself again, busy and curious, and has found his new tubs to be quite fun.
He's been obsessed with counting and with identifying body parts and so we've been doing lots of games that help with those things. We've got lots of simple counting books that we read and we've taught him how to point to the pictures while we count. He doesn't make any noise usually but he nods his head with each object. I honestly think if he could say the words that he could count to at least 4. It's so cute!
This tub was made to help him learn how to use tongs and to guide him in counting two objects. He uses the tongs to transfer the ping pong balls to the other bowl and we count out loud as he does this. He can't figure out how to release the ball once he's picked it up so he usually pulls it out with his hand.
This picture shows him doing it again on another day. He will take the bowls off the shelf and bring them to wherever we are. Some people have their kids keep their tubs in a certain area, but it works best for us to drag things all over the house. Whatever works best for you is what you should do.
This tub was given to him for fun. We dump out the pom poms, which he will actually touch now, and then help him sweep them into the dustpan. Then he dumps them into the bucket. He's not great at sweeping so pom poms end up flying everywhere, but he loves to play this. I got that little baby broom at dollar tree. Isn't it cute?
He still loves to color, draw, and do stickers. I captured this picture of him making his Daddy a birthday card. He's obsessed with using a pencil, which makes me very nervous, but I let him try when I'm close by.
I bought him this coloring book at Dollar Tree because each page has a cute picture of a kid doing something fun. We use it to practice pointing out body parts and other objects and then he colors in it or puts stickers in it. I've begun telling him specific things like, "put the sticker on her nose" and he will follow the short commands like that. I labeled it his art book ;)
See the pictures are so cute and they allow us to talk about different things. "Look at this boy. He has a frog on his head!!! He's happy to ride his skateboard down the street". Then we may put a sticker on his foot or on the frog and then he scribbles in it and we're done. He likes it. James would have never liked something like this. He's always thought coloring and art was a giant waste of his life.
Walmart had this little baby for sale for $5 and Adam just fell in love with him. He loves the little fox on his shirt and he loves to poke him in the eyes. We use him all throughout the day to practice identifying body parts and being gentle and loving with a baby. He pats him, rocks him, sings to him, feeds him, throws him and shoves his finger in his nose. He loves him!
My brother gave me these giant foam blocks and they have been so perfect for gross motor skills, wrestling, and building. Adam loves to climb around on them and has even started using them as stools to climb up on the furniture. Ha! When James was little we would use laundry baskets and pillows from around the house to create obstacle courses for him. So even if you don't have these fancy smancy blocks you can still do some great gross motor skills indoors.
This is another counting game we've done this week. I made one for each day. I put five stickers on a piece of paper. He then points to each sticker and we count them. Then he uses a dot paint to stamp each sticker. We usually end up with about 20 dots of paint all over the paper because he can't quite stamp it on the sticker, but it's fun nonetheless.
Sorry about the picture of my big wrinkled hand, but this is our other counting game that Adam actually started. We've been singing the "Where is thumbkin" song, thanks Barney, and he loves it and that has lended itself to counting mommy's big fingers. When he touches a finger I say the number and then hide the finger. This is grand fun, people!!! That's what I love about babies. They get so excited about the simplest things.
We busted out our old faithful doctor kit this week, too. It's been a great conversation starter and wonderful for teaching body parts. He's been to the doctor so much the past few weeks that he already knows all the tools and their uses. Not really, but it feels that way.
Other things we are doing for body parts are: giving him a washcloth in the bath and having him wash certain parts, looking at books and pointing out facial features and body parts (which has also spurred us on to talking about emotions and facial expressions), and finding body parts on our stuffed animals.
I hope you are having fun learning with your little one.