Sunday, 24 March 2013

The Little Man's First Book

Does your toddler/preschooler love to make up stories? The Little Man does. He makes up many, many stories a day. Sometimes he makes up the stories by himself, sometimes he asks me (or Grandma, sometimes Daddy) to tell him a story about something specific, such as 10 purple buses, but as you try to tell him the story, he tells you what happens next.

I decided to make one of his stories, Rabbit Foo, into a book, complete with illustration.

I wrote down his story as he told it onto a piece of paper. Next, I printed out a few pictures of rabbits and let him choose one that he liked. We painted it, and when it was dry, cut it out and pasted it, along with the story, onto the insides of a paper file folder.

Materials needed:
File folder
Paper and pen
Printout of story related picture
Paint / colour pencils / crayons
Imaginative story-teller

Little Man: 2 years 9 months.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

The Difficulty of Taking a Nice Photograph of This Almost Three Year Old

The Little Man decided to bring his Little Lamb out with him yesterday. It spent most of its time in my bag, until he decided that it needed to come out and see the sights.

I thought he was looking rather adorable, so I decided to take a photograph this rare moment of him with a cuddly toy while out.

Hmm.. Cute, but his face cannot be seen clearly.

"Look at the camera, Sweetie!"

"Hmm... You look rather scared."

"Smile for the camera, Sweetheart!"

"I can't see your smile like that, Dearie."

"Stand up, please."

"Thanks, dear. Can you please face Mummy while you're standing up?"

"Oh my! What a funny face!"

"Smile at the camera, Dearie."

"That's better."

"Oh dear, that was not sharp. Please smile for the camera again, Sweetheart!"


Sunday, 10 March 2013

Discovery Bottles - Listen to the sounds.

Made a whole bunch of discovery bottles for the Little Lady the other day. This time, the focus was on the sense of hearing, so the bottles were filled with different materials that would produce different types of sounds, and at different volumes.

They are really easy to make. I used things I had lying around the house such as pom poms, beads if different sizes, erasers, even scrap paper. Just put them into empty bottles. I used mostly drink/juice bottles, but also used a couple of old medicine bottles.

If you have a toddler, the assembling of the bottles can be an activity as well! The Little Man got to practice his fine motor skills such as his pincer grasp, pouring, and opening and closing the bottle caps. He had a blast making them.

The Little Lady enjoys shaking them to listen to then the sounds the make. When the Little Man plays with them, we talk about how loud the noise is, as well as how different they are.

Little Man: 2yrs 9mths
Little Lady: 8mths


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