Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Trevy’s fave warm weather fine motor play-tivity: write and squirt the alphabet


This is totally not an inspired idea.  You’ve probably already seen it/done it/moved on.  But since we’re having so much fun right now I thought I’d share.



What you Need:

  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Water filled squirter of your choice
  • Any chalk friend surface (opinions may vary on precisely which surfaces are chalk friendly Winking smile)
  • Children



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Trevy (when I say Trevy…I really mean mommy) has been driving daddy bonkers with the chalk.  He’s drawing everywhere.  On everything.  A regular graffiti artist in the making!  Actually, we may have two or three of them in the making.  That big square that Trevy in enhancing (below) is his big brother’s chalk drawn Strike Zone.  Where he practices pitching with a tennis ball.  From approximately dawn til’ dusk.  In love


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I may have rolled my eyes at the hubs’ chalk hating ways.  I also may have guilt tripped him to “let the boy write” and “the rain’ll wash it away” retorts.


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Which gave me the bright idea to let TREVY wash it away!


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I mean the monkey already has a passion for squirting things.  We keep a little squirty bottle ready for bed head fixes.  It is not uncommon to get misted at the most unexpected times.  And to look up and find Trevy cheesy grinning behind the weapon.  So very proud of his aim. 


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So I decided to make it a little more structured by drawing the alphabet on the fence for him to wash away.  And you can get as creative as you dare.  Pull letters from a bucket and then go erase that letter.  Use words instead of letters.  Draw shapes.  Colors.  Whatever!



The bottom line is…



it’s crazy fun to squirt things!



And Trevy loooooved it!



Of course, I played therapist by making him use “two hands”.  Which he hates.  He will ALWAYS prefer his left hand only.  Forcing him to “work” did put a damper on some of the love.  But I have no doubt this’ll be his fave thing to do ALL summer long!  Especially when I randomly allow him to get in a mommy squirt too.  Smile






This post is linked to: 


Montessori Mondays at Living Montessori Now

After School Linky Party

No Time for Flash Cards


Ashley said...

Although I am sure you keep your eye on Trevy 24/7, just be sure you keep the squirt bottle away from any electronics. Especially TVs that have audio connections in the front. I speak from personal experience. Just imagine Jason. With s Squirt Bottle. For 2 minutes alone in the living room about 2-3 years ago. Nuff said.

teamaidan said...

I'm thinking that sounds like tons of fun. Would it be weird if I did that without my kids or if I squirted my kids? We also put food coloring in the squirt bottle and "paint" the snow, you know, when we have it.

Kelly at Little Wonders' Days said...

This looks like a fun way to "work" on hand strength,fine motor and visual motor skills! I think I will be borrowing your great ideas! Thanks for sharing at AfterSchool. I'm going to feature this post tomorrow.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This looks like a lot of fun! We will try this during the summer on the fence in our backyard.