Anyone else feeling the summertime crazies already?!
I will openly admit I have been going a little stir crazy around here. Keeping these guys busy is imperative to my sanity!
Thank goodness I pulled out one of my all time favorite fine motor activities yesterday and was able to keep these busy little hands at work for quite some time!
✂️Cutting Staws + Build a House🌈🏠
Cutting straws is the absolute best in my opinion. Here’s why I think it’s the cats pajamas:
🎉It’s always my go to as the first step to teaching scissor skills due to the fact that it’s one small snip and way less challenging than cutting paper
🎉It gives toddlers instant gratification
🎉The straws literally shoot across the room and they (and I) think it’s hysterical
🎉It gives great feedback (auditory and propricoeptive) to a beginning cutter like my 2 year old
🎉It’s a bilateral (two handed) task that makes the 🧠left and right sides of the brain work together as a team to build good motor planning skills!
Adding a second step to build a house made it a bit more challenging (and increased the task completion time 🙌)for my 4 year old buddy who’s got cutting down pact.
This week I’m partnering with thinkbaby.org, an amazing resource for all things parenting, and I just LOVED this list of Fun & Educational DIY Crafts for Toddlers.
If you’re having the summertime mom crazies, like me, I think you’ll find this list very useful!