H week has been filled with handprints and hoops! A trip to see horses and a well-timed trip to the hairdressers have filled h week perfectly.
The girl adores nothing more than painting her hand and making prints and would happily paint and print her hands for hours!!! I thought I would use this interest in hands to encourage mark making and so took a photograph of her hand and printed it onto A4. I then encouraged her to mark make on top of her hand. She loved using different pens to draw all over her fingers – something which, obviously, isn’t usually encouraged.
We then decided to add some glitter. She used a glue spreader and rather than spreading the glue I showed her how to hold the glue spreader up high and let the glue fall onto the paper to give a dribbled on effect which looks great and helps to improve hand strength. She then shook the glitter onto which she adored doing!
We used a huge hula hoop to make a sensory hoop for the baby. I have talked about this in the past. Now that he is getting older, he is more mobile and enjoys longer periods on his tummy so the sensory hoop has really come into its own. He can manoeuvre round the hoop now so he explores all the different textures. Sitting with him and talking about the different textures as he plays is wonderful for early language development and extended tummy time is advantageous too.
We used a different type of hoops with the girl. We used honey and chocolate hoops (like the breakfast cereal cheerios) and she enjoyed threading them on sticks of spaghetti that I stuck in playdough so that she could build towers. This was great fine motor skills practise and she really hadto concentrate. I love watching her do this and her tongue poked out of her mouth each time as she had to concentrate hard to thread the hoop on. This was followed by a delighted ‘I did it’ each time.
Simple as it sounds. I emptied a pot of cheap hair gel onto a painting tray and added glitter. The girl loved getting her hands in to mix the glitter and then enjoyed making marks in it. It is a great way to practise mark making before using more formal tools like pens and pencils.