What’s next on the activity menu you may be asking yourself?
This activity came from a couple of different blogs that I follow, and can be themed as per this version by My Montessori Journey. My version is a plain one for introducing the skill, but come Christmas we may look to make a proper bead bracelet or necklace with seasonal beads.
First you take a trip to your local Spotlight, craft store or anywhere you are likely to find beads and chenille sticks (aka pipe cleaners). Then you find a container to put them all in or on and off you go. You now have a fine motor control activity for your little one. Miss O is now nearly 27 months old and she had no trouble with this, other than the clear beads that I cunningly purchased for their large holes turned out to be slightly less easy to see for a toddler. It took a few goes, but in the end she was able to see the holes in the end. In the photos that follow she is predominantly using the slightly smaller wooden beads that I also purchased at Spotlight.
The natural hazards of this activity are: spillage and choking.
One teaches the life skill of tidying up after yourself. The other requires first aid knowledge. Introduce the activity when your risk profile suggests only the first hazard is likely.
Now, a bit of further musing on what the Oh Waily household is doing.
Courtesy of finding and reading The Wonder Years blog and this post, we have also had a snack cupboard operating for the past couple of months, mostly with great success. I fill it with an appropriate amount of foodstuffs for between meals and Miss O can stop and eat whenever she wants. Currently this means things like raisins, crackers, small sandwiches, some fruit (bananas are a favourite) and her drink bottles. The only drawback so far has been Miss O requesting “Mummy put X in cupboard PLEASE” loudly and repeatedly, whenever she scoffs all of the favourite item of the day. Conveniently she ignores the remaining good and available items. Ah such cheek. She’ll be fine on the assertiveness front.