Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Activities

Since it's taking so long to hear back about whether or not the babies are going to qualify, we've been working on a lot of the activities that were recommended to me by my pediatrician. I'm like a lot of moms (I think) in that I play with my kids all the time. I read to them. I talk to them. But I don't do very specific activities to target skills I want them to acquire. So this is all new to me. And I'm learning as I go.

One of the things they suggested for Fine Motor is an activity called Goodies in a Jar. I filled bottles with pasta noodles, took the nipples out, and then showed them how the pasta can come out through the top.
They figured it out pretty quickly. They had fun dumping it, but never would put a single piece back. Connor helped me with that part!

For personal social, a suggestion was to let them play in front of the mirror in an activity called Mirror Mirror. The idea is to let them interact with their reflection and then interact with your reflection. So we made silly faces and we talked about what they were doing. "Are you touching the mirror?"..."Look at how big you're getting!"..."Your hair is flopping when you move your head from side-to-side!"
 Isabella was a little less enthralled with her own reflection. She cared more about me!
 Another area of need for Aiden is Problem Solving. We did an activity called "In and Out." The idea is that you put objects inside of a container that has a lid on it. You show your them how to take the lid off and then you try to get them to figure out how to take the toys out of the tin. We first loaded up these tins with leggos.
 And let them have at it...
 Isabella mostly liked to either throw hers or eat it.
 Connor wanted his own. So I filled his with puffs. =) 
 And then I came up with this brilliant plan to get out those snack containers (you know the ones where they're supposed to be able to reach in to get the snack - but you can't dump it out?). I filled it with puffs because both Aiden and Isabella are OBSESSED with those right now.
Aiden never could figure out how to get the puffs out. He'd put his hand all the way in, but then couldn't get the puff out. But it entertained both of them (including big brother) for over 30 minutes.
Next up this week we're going to do Magic Cups for problem solving, and Little Helper & Roly Poly for personal social.

2 comments:

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Great ideas for development! Love the mirror shots :) Continuing to pray for them to catch up and you to not worry!

Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a good mommy you are! Hoping that everything you are doing makes a huge difference! Your babies are so darling.

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