Monday, June 17, 2013

Hands-On Toddler Activity #26: Pudding Drawing

I haven't really felt the need to push Jack to start writing. He doesn't have the dexterity for it yet and he doesn't really enjoy drawing all that much right now. We've been working on other activities to strengthen his fine motor skills, all with the first priority of having fun with the added bonus of being a little educational or physically beneficial. Last week we did some pudding drawing and this is by far his most favorite activity we've done in a long time. Any activity that involves eating sweets seems to be his favorite though. 

I made some pudding, spread a thin layer on a cookie sheet, then showed him on a piece of paper how to form certain letters and shapes. We practiced spelling his name, mom, dad, and his brother, Will's name. We also practiced drawing circles, squares, and triangles. He loved this activity, especially the part where he had to lick his fingers in between drawing letters.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Hands-On Toddler Activity #25: Pipe Cleaner Painting

I'm always on the lookout for new art projects and some are inevitably more successful than others. As an alternative to painting with paint brushes we gave pipe cleaners a try. I twisted some pipe cleaners into a snowflake/flower/fireworks/whatever you want to call it/ shape. Then pressed it into paint with the intention of using it to stamp a design on the paper. It didn't go as smoothly as expected though. Three year old Jack preferred more of a smearing technique and got bored with it really quickly. Oh well, maybe we will revisit this one again some day down the road.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

I... LOVE... Lists

 A while back I came across the idea to make a household organization board. It's a place to keep calendars, to-do lists, grocery lists, and any other kinds of lists that would help the household run smoothly. Well, you had me at "lists". I lists! So making a list board has been on my list of things to do for a while now. I found this great fabric at a discount store nearby and I was going to use it to make a curtain for my son's room but it had a bit of an imperfection in it, so it seemed better suited for this project. I took a large piece of plywood and used my staple gun to attach the fabric. I used inexpensive, lightweight picture frames to hold my lists because I can use the glass to write on with dry erase markers. I didn't want the frames to be attached permanently though because I'm a little indecisive and I knew I'd want to change out the lists at some point down the road. So I used some 3M velcro picture hangers to attach the frames. I was a little nervous that they wouldn't stick to the fabric though, so I also put a staple through the velcro to be sure it was secure. 

I wanted to have a cleaning checklist to help keep me get motivated to get things done around the house. Yes, I find writing check marks motivating.

Of course I need a to-do list for everyday tasks like remembering to mail birthday gifts or to buy more diapers at the store. 

I am terrible with organizing coupons and remembering to use them. I figure this is a step in the right direction. 

We have a very long mental list of home improvement projects. Now it's in writing and it will feel so good to erase it when it's complete. 

I came across this quote  and just loved it, so I had to include it on my board. 

Here's the finished product all hung up in the laundry room. I added a little tin cup on the bottom to hold markers. 

Overall, I'm pretty happy with how this project came out. I love to stay organized and if my organizational tools can also be beautiful, then I'm (hopefully) even more motivated to get started on my lists!