4th of July Bracelets

Making bracelets is a great short activity to teach several things: patterns, language, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor.

I use physical prompts to show my kiddo what the sequence is. I also lay out a visual prompt of what color comes next.

He knows how to string the beads independently, if he didn’t, I would physically prompt through that as well.

 

Here is the end result. I’m so proud that he even left it on his hand!!

Toy Review: Stacking Wooden Chunky Puzzle

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This is my new favorite toy. I love everything from Melissa & Doug, they seriously make the best toys. I found this puzzle at Marshalls for $8!! It goes for $20 on Amazon. I get a lot of my toys at Ross, Marshalls, or T.J.Maxx.

All of my kids had trouble stacking it: they kept turning the bears 180° instead of 90°, which makes it great for hand-eye coordination practice! So far, they’ve all loved to match the colors. This toy is a hit with my kiddos! I highly recommend it.

Teaching colors

As with any task, when you’re first teaching a new subject, always pair the label with the item. It’s going to take time before the child can say the name of the color, so stay away from asking “What color is it?”.
imageCheck the level of the child. Start by matching the colors. As the child matches, label it for them. I like to use the phrase “Match, blue with blue” etc.

If the child is not able to match independently, set up a positional prompt to increase the chances of getting the answer correct. Praise! Praise! Praise!

Learning is suppose to be fun. If the task is too hard, the child will get frustrated and probably won’t want to do it again. Keep it simple. It might not click right away, and that’s ok!! Just keep practicing!

New Puzzles

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I love buying new toys! Every time I’m in a store I can’t help but check out the toy section. I especially love going to Ross or Marshalls for toys. Their toys are so simple and perfect for my early learners.

I bought these puzzles for a couple of my kiddos that need to learn sign language. It gives them something to do instead of using flashcards. These puzzles are great for many skills:
1. Hand eye coordination.
2. Matching
3. Receptive language
4. Expressive language
5. Fine motor

My kids love it.