Wow, I can't believe that it took almost an entire week to do so few activities! Pita Pocket definately doesn't have a very long attention span yet, and I have to be careful to catch him in just the right mood, otherwise he's more interested in doing his own thing than participating in a mini lesson. No, he's not headstrong or anything. ;)
Last week Pita Pocket really enjoyed working with some new foam stickers I bought. I (of course) had to peel off the backs for him, but he loved sticking them to his paper and then pounding them with his little fist:
Pita Pocket worked with the two smallest pieces for quite some time. Besides just fitting them inside one another, he would fit them together and then shake them so he could hear the smaller one rattling inside. Then he'd take the smaller one out, put the bigger one back together and shake it again. So neat to watch him experiment with sound! The matryoshka also gave us an opportunity to talk about "big" and "little":
One lesson that *both* of the littles enjoyed greatly was sponge squeezing. So easy, and a good strengthening exercise for little hands. I just cut a sponge in half and set out a bowl with some water. I used the sponge to soak up some of the water, then showed Pita Pocket how to squeeze the water back out:
This actually ended up being a good practical life exercise on more than one count. Pita kept forgetting to hold his sponge over the bowl as he squeezed the water out, so he had multiple puddles to wipe up!
I would take one of the colors, hold it up and say the color name, then ask Pita to find me the matching color. We got through about half the colors, but then someone decided that he was more interested in saying "eeeee" (cheese) and getting his picture taken:
Lastly, we dropped clothespins into a large glass bowl. Pita Pocket started out standing, but then decided to turn it into a pouring sort of lesson. No matter - it kept him happy and engaged for about twenty minutes:
Thanks for reading!