Saturday, 29 March 2014

Some fun activities and a lot of 'firsts' for Charlie :)

We've been having lots of fun in the last few days trying out new play ideas that mammy found through her new uber-obsession with instagram and pinterest! -I love my new first ever smart phone :D.

These are some of the things we've tried:

There's recipes for play-dough all over the internet but I used:
1 cup of plain flour
1/4 cup of water
1/3 cup sea salt
1 table spoon of oil
Orange & Yellow food colouring
This was Charlie's first time with a 'squidgy' texture and his (what we call) 'danger danger!' barriers came up. He was extremely cautious around it. He didn't want to touch it with his fingers at all and it took about 10 minutes to persuade him to stab it, and stick sticks and coloured pegs into it. He made a lot of "Eww" faces at it!

Daddy stuck all the coloured pegs into it to make a dough ball "hedgehog", and he enjoyed pulling them all out again, counting them and saying the colours.
I kept my dough-ball in the fridge and whopped it on Charlie's tray a couple of days later. He amused himself by sticking the wooden spoon into it and then watching it fall over.

Fun with Blocks
It's not a new idea but it's a classic one and it's just brilliant.
Charlie has an absolute ton of blocks and they're so versatile for learning and play.
The tuff tray is a great quick-and-easy flat surface for them too. He doesn't yet understand the concept of building. Well he probably does, but he's not interested in doing it! He likes to pick them up, feel & say the shapes, say the colours, count them, put them in out of various containers, and push them around the tray. His favourite thing is to push down towers that mammy & daddy build as quickly as possible!
Pipe cleaners & a colander
Such a simple idea but it really works! Charlie was squealing with excitement and shouting "Ooo! Oooo!" as soon as he saw this in his tuff tray.
At first he started feeling them and twanging them.
Then he started pulling them out and showing us.
Cleo thought it was an epic cat toy, which Charlie found hilarious.
Pulling them all out and collecting them.
Stashing them in his truck.
Tipping the colander upside down and shaking it to get them all out!
Got them!
I sorted them all into different colours and asked Charlie to help me! Which he did, for about two of them!
But really he just wanted to stash them in his truck :)

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