I was at our grocery store and found these different colors of Easter grass. I purchased them not for our Easter baskets but rather to use in My Obstacle Course along with tweezers or tongs for fine motor skill building. While Andrew’s handwriting is really improving, we still need to build his pencil grasping muscles and tweezers are a great tool to use for this. Since Easter is just around the corner and I like to use things that are thematic and seasonal, I bought some jelly beans to … [Read more...] about Jelly Beans Tweezing
Archives for April 2011
My Obstacle Course Station Activity: Jelly Bean Sorting This is the jelly bean variation of a My Obstacle Course Sorting Station Activity that I have posted on before. Here is the link for the one using Colored Marshmallows. Set Up: The set up is super simple, requiring only white printer paper, a marker, some jelly beans and a container. (See below about the container I am using.) This is a great way to link color words with colored items and basic skills of sorting according to a certain … [Read more...] about Jelly Bean Sorting
I may as well call this "Jelly Bean Math Week" because there are so many ways to use this seasonal item to build a wide variety of math skills. (I'm sure they are around all year, I just associate them with this time of year.) Grab some jelly beans (and a toothbrush) because here I go! Jelly Bean Graphing A simple sheet of white printer paper, a marker, a package of jelly beans and a plastic egg are all you need to make a jelly bean graphing station for your child's My Obstacle … [Read more...] about Jelly Bean Graphing
This is an outline of what I do when I set up My Obstacle Course for Andrew. This particular course is one we did a few years ago when he was 5 years old. I like to do 20 stations, which usually takes us about 45 minutes to an hour. Don't panic at the number! This is what works for us but you can do whatever number works for you. Most of the stations are crawling through tunnels or if I know that a certain activity is more challenging for him, I break it into parts so he has a chance to move in … [Read more...] about Sample My Obstacle Course From Start To Finish
When doing My Obstacle Courses with your child, start small and basic so you can learn firsthand about your child’s learning. Remember to have fun with this! Yes, there are a lot of things I want to help my child with but adding something like this made it so much easier to engage with him, encourage him in playful ways and empower him by helping him build his skills no matter where they are. Doing this with him gave me more information than I could ever have imagined and allowed me to see all … [Read more...] about Treasure Hunting At Home
The last two posts have introduced you to how I approach working with Andrew at home by meeting him where he is, providing activities that are developmentally appropriate for him and knowing what he needs to work on and where we are heading with those skills. Hopefully you have some ideas for skills you want to work on with your child. I can honestly say that when we first compiled our list of skills to work on, I was a bit overwhelmed thinking I had to work on everything right then and there. I … [Read more...] about Skills? Check. Now What?