Friday, 5 December 2014

Christmas Activities: Flipping Snowflakes

As part of our Christmas themed activities and to train up Kaitlin's fine motor skills, I prepared a simple activity where she got to flip snowflakes!

This is optional but the day before I got Kaitlin to flip snowflakes, I introduced to her a little about what Winter is and what it's like, what you'll see so that she gets a better idea of what she is doing. In this case, she wouldn't think of the snowflakes as just items she has to flip, but she would know what is a snowflake and so on.

If you are wondering what I used to teach her, they are the Baby Einstein cards so I didn't prep any materials to teach her and just used these.

The snowflakes that I used for the activity were actually Christmas decorations from our Christmas tree last year. This time round, I let Kaitlin use a different set of tongs that we had in the kitchen. Yay to using items that we already had instead of buying new items for this activity!

I stuck small dot stickers on one side of the snowflakes so that it would be easy for her to identify if she has successfully flipped the snowflakes.

Before Kaitlin got started on flipping the snowflakes, I got her to count the snowflakes in English and Chinese just to do some simple counting revision as well as to tell me the colour of the snowflakes in the two languages. I took the opportunity to teach and reinforce her words like "tray", "tongs" and "snowflakes".

I got Kaitlin to flip the snowflakes two ways - flipping the snowflakes itself and then flipping them back by through the strings attached to the snowflakes.

Initially babygirl had difficulty using the tongs and in fact I observed that after we finished the activity she didn't really get the hang of it yet so we might be doing this activity again if she wants. At times she would try to use her other hand to hold the snowflake but I would try and encourage to just try using one hand. I noticed she has picked up the skill of adjusting whatever she is doing to make it easier for her to complete the task she wants to do. In this case, she shifted tthe tray on her own such that it would be easier for her to reach the snowflakes and pick them up with the tongs. During past activities or even when doing everyday stuff, I would have to help her in terms of making whatever she was involved in doing more accessible to her but she's been independently thinking of solutions and ways to go about doing things.

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