One of the biggest challenges I face these days is giving V&T something to occupy them while I’m making dinner. Preferably something for them to sit at the kitchen table and quietly play with, with no fighting, and so I can see them. ha-ha does this miracle invention even exist? My next goal – creating a roundup of such activities – stay tuned! I’ll call it “Mama’s Sanity Savers So Dinner Doesn’t Burn!”.
If they escape my vision – one of three things happens (well, at least this week!) – one involves little T & purple marker EVERYWHERE – two involves V&T removing EVERY.SINGLE.ITEM. from their closets – three involves slamming and locking of doors and fighting/screaming.
lol true stories folks, I kid you not – if I’m not watching it’s like they are like wild dogs set free for the first time – they “play” with wild abandon.
This week I’ve had to add these little foamy things to the top of the bedroom doors, ban all markers to a very high shelf until further evaluation, and add tension rods to little T’s closet (to lock the sliding doors) & these plastic thingies to the top of V’s closet.
They are keeping me on my toes folks!
But, don’t worry – never let them see you sweat – I will push back – don’t mess with this mama ;)
So, let’s keep them occupied!!
Totally inspired by Jamie’s Claw Grabbing Machine post on her blog HANDS ON as we grow I created this Pom Pom Grab for V&T and thought I’d add a little more utensils to the mix to occupy the little monkeys for a longer period of time :)
Wahoo – totally genius – nothing like some awesome fine motor skill practice to make it happen!!
Worked like magic – dinner was made expediently – they concentrated – I concentrated = momentary perfection!!
What you will need for the Pom Pom Grab:
- two containers for each child (I chose taller, slimmer ones so it made it a little more difficult)
- assorted Pom Poms
- optional: timer (to turn it into a game for multiple children)
- assorted tools
- plastic tongs – assorted sizes
- kids chopsticks
- measuring spoons
- melon baller
- metal ice tongs
- plastic scoops
How the Pom Pom Grab works:
- transfer the pom poms from one container to another using one tool.
- transfer the pom poms from one container to another using several tools.
- transfer the pom poms in only certain colors.
- make it a game between multiple children – who can do it faster? – who can do it faster with a certain tool?
- find different containers to mix it up – smaller, taller, wider, slimmer
- have the children switch pom pom sets (T had a larger pom pom & V had a smaller one)
- practice listening & direction following – “remove 3 blue pom poms” – “scoop out 2 green & 1 pink pom poms”
- how many pom poms can you grab at once
- counting the pom poms
- sorting by colors and then counting the colors
Want more pom pom & fine motor?! There are a ton of resources out there – but here are some of my favorites touching on pom pom, fine motor, & grasping that I found…
Tiny Pom Pom Fine Motor Skills – Powerful Mothering
Pom Pom Fine Motor Activity – Pocketful of Posies
Pom Pom Drop – Dirt and Boogers
Pinchers & Pom-Poms – Money Saving Mom
Pom Pom Drop and Shoot – Imagination Tree
Paint with Pom Poms – Fantastic Fun and Learning
Fine Motor Play with Pom Poms – Sugar Aunts
Scooping Pom Poms – Buggy & Buddy
Pom Poms and a Plastic Container – Mama OT
Sorting Colors with Cardboard Rolls – Learning 4 Kids
Pom Pom Drop – Craftulate
Monster Munch Fine Motor Game – Lalymom
Pom Pom Soccer – Kids Activities Blog
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