Kev’s Big Race Day!

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Been a while

So – life is really busy at our place these days.  Seems there just isnt time to get posting everything we are doing.  I do however find the iPhone to YouTube app pretty easy and handy so, there are quite a few short videos up as of late.

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http://www.youtube.com/user/KevnLa

Hope to hear from you over there!

 

APPLE!!!

Sensory: River Rocks

Today after home-daycare closed Liam went upstairs to run laps (which seems to be a new trend with him) and started digging through the newly ‘kid-proofed’ cabinets and found himself something to play with.  He pulled out an empty wipes container and a couple handfuls of river rocks.  First he dropped them onto the floor and listened to the cool/loud noise they made.  Then he started to ‘poke’ each rock into the wipes hole and listened to them drop into the box with great pride.  None of this was facilitated.  I just sat there taking pictures.

Pardon Liam’s hair – avocado makes great hair gel… apparently.

Selecting with rocks fit into the box

It was interesting to see him manipulate each rock to sort out which ones would fit in the hole and which wouldn’t.

"Dis" he says, each time he finds a rock that fits.

His enthusiasm for this was incredible.  It was like he invented it all on his own (he kinda did, but I am pretty sure he could never get a patent)

"NoNoNo" he says when the rock doesn't go into the box any other way - no matter how hard he banged

THEN, he discovered the noise they make when banged together!!!

What a fun 30 minutes!  A whole sensory lesson created by a 1 year old!  Love it!

Dip Dip Dip

Liam got some home – made cranberry sauce from his Great Aunt Kathy. He can’t stop eating it!

Baby-Led Painting

I am not going to win any ‘Mother of the Year’ awards with this one…

Today while I was cleaning up the craft stuff from 4 days ago (exhibit A of my MOTY fail) Liam nabbed a paintbrush and bolted up the stairs while my back was turned (Fail 2).  Once at the top of the stairs he darted into our ensuite bath and dipped his brush into the dog dish (Fail 3).

By this time, I had caught up to him.  He was squealing with excitement!  Insert impromptu “Water Painting” lesson.  I ran back downstairs and grabbed some coloured paper while he continued to dip his brush in the bowl.

Once presented with the paper, he knew exactly what to do!

 

Dip Dip, Paint.  Dip Dip Paint.

Here is a video of him in action about 1 minute into the activity with very little instructions.

So this went on and on for a good 30 minutes and about 9 refills of the dog dish.  He was in heaven! He started painting the tiles, himself, the cupboards, the tub.  He even painted his hair!

This was for sure what he wanted to do with his morning.  He was SO into it.  Forget the big playroom, forget chasing the dogs through the kitchen, forget going outside.  He wanted to play in water!

So we did.  For a LONG time.

And then he decided it was time to explore in the cupboards… which was cool except I suddenly realized – they have not been baby-proofed! (fail 4)

Well now they are!  The bathroom has now been baby-proofed, all of the tiles have been ‘washed’, cupboards ‘washed’, floor definitely ‘washed’.  Baby ‘washed’ and he suddenly has decided it was time to turbo charge his playing and he began to do laps between his room and the bathroom.  Like he was trying to ‘air dry’.  Whatever – works for me!

It’s like the feeling of being understood and having his creativity support gave him some kind of super powers.  I have never seen him with SOOOOO much energy!

Super fun morning!

Now to think of some ways to add some non-permanent colour to this activity…

 

 

 

Happy Easter!