Friday, October 9, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
So here's a simple fine-motor skills idea that I tried a couple of days ago. All it takes is a stack of printer paper (or any other paper) and a bunch of stickers (dollar-store ones or leftovers from scrapbooking will do just fine). Turns out it's even better than Kumon since
- It can be customized to fit your child's interests (Mr. M is a budding musician so I found some guitar stickers)
- A child can pick the stickers off the sheet and position them on the piece of drawing paper - that's more fine motor practice
- In addition to mazes, you can play "circle" and "connect" games. Connecting games in particular are great learning activities since you can practice matching sizes, shapes, colors, etc.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Not like I ever dreamed about my little one asking for seconds of steamed spinach... But when his range of culinary interests shifted towards the bread-cookies-pasta-cake spectrum and the only veggie I was able to get him to eat was ketchup, I started getting a bit worried.
Sure, Mr. M would peck at some green peas and corn, but concentrate most of his table-side attention on hot dogs and pancakes. What was I supposed to do?!
Well, today I felt particularly inspired. I made sure that he had some sure-hits on his plate - a hot dog, pasta with cheese and of course, ketchup. But then I added something new - a side of steamed edamame. At first Mr. M wanted nothing to do with it (green = yuk, I suppose).
But then I suggested he'd invite his two pals - scarecrows - to the table for lunch. (Ever since we built our little pre-season scarecrow Mr. M is "into" them). Anyway, he loved the idea and proceeded to share the edamames and the hot dog (hey, great lesson in sharing). And then he pretty much cleaned up his plate.
Tomorrow I'm going to try some mashed potatoes and, if all goes well, we might get as far as steamed spinach by this weekend. I'm sure this fascination with scarecrows won't last, so I'm just trying to make the most of it.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Anyway, the pumpkin pie didn't happen. Instead, we ended up with about 5 pounds of very sweet pumpkin "gobly-goop". Turns out, it wasn't a big loss after all since Chris was able to turn it into some delicious pumpkin bread and pumpkin pancakes.