Here’s our week:
One of the things I find fascinating about young children and their learning is that, however many ways you expect them to approach an activity, they will find their own way of exploring; their own things to learn. This weekend I found some squeezy bottles in Sainsbury’s. Little bottles with flip top lids, I thought they would be perfect for the children to take ownership of squeezing paint onto paper to explore. I had hoped they would be great for them to develop their hand strength.
This morning I filled the bottles with paint, ready for them to play with after their morning snack. I also put out some brushes and glue spreaders for them to use, should they choose to do so.
But the bottles were too difficult to squeeze! I showed them how to turn the bottles upside down so the paint would come out, but even I had trouble. So I stood back and watched as they found their own way to get the paint out. Little Miss discovered it first: as she banged the bottle on the paper, paint came out in little dots. She grabbed a brush and used it to smear the paint around the paper. Little Man soon joined in.
A little later, they asked for some paint in pots. They had been trying to bang the paint into the pots from the bottles but it wasn’t really working, so I squeezed some in for them after a little voice said “Mummy put it in!” They had a wonderful time scooping the paint out of the pots and mixing the colours together. Little Man wanted to tip one pot into another, while Little Miss carefully dipped a brush first into one pot, then another. We talked about the colours they had made: Little Man made purple, while Little Miss mixed blue and white to make different shades of blue.
They played with the paint for almost an hour. They may not have been able to do what I expected, but they learnt just as much as I had hoped (and probably more) and had great fun.
I think we’ll definitely use these bottles again, but in the meantime I’m going to have to hunt for some softer bottles which they can squeeze! Any suggestions?
This week has been another slow one for photos, as toilet learning continues. Things are definitely getting a little easier; the wetting of pants is getting further apart, and we have even had some in the potty! We’ve managed to do a little more in the way of activities this week, but I have definitely been too shattered to manage to look after my blog. My brain is fried by the time the children go to bed, and Little Miss has been waking each and every night at around 1am because she has decided she doesn’t like to be wet at all, and needs her wet nappy changing please mummy. That’s right now please mummy.
This week, Little Man and Little Miss have started wearing training pants full time when we are at home. Needless to say I have been a little busy this week, as a result! Friday was definitely a record – other than going out for our welly walk in the morning (when they wore disposable pull-ups, otherwise known as ‘going out pants’) we were at home all day and I changed 30 pairs of pants. Yes, that says 30. Thirty. 3-0. I was a little worn out by the end of the day, but we are definitely seeing some progress! I haven’t managed to take as many photographs this week as I normally would, and we definitely haven’t had chance to get any ‘extras’ out to play with – I have spent most of my week in the downstairs toilet. I did manage a few photos though!