Today we did lots of different activities with various bags of beads.
They were all bought from Ebay and cost about £1 a packet.
First Big Seed sorted a whole bag of wooden alphabet beads by colour.
I then picked out the letters in his name and he sorted these.
Then he spelt out his name by himself with the beads.
He then threaded them altogether with elastic which I tied for him.
Great for developing fine motor skills!
Then wore it all day...he was very proud!
So he wanted to make some more...
So he made one for me.
I got out a bag of assorted wooden beads, he chose some,
and I taught him some symmetry.
And one for Dad of course!
Do you think he will wear it to work??
We were going to make some for his Grandmas with these,
but the beads are too small for the elastic...so don't buy these beads!
By the way, we did all these things over the course of a day...
I just wait for him to ask to do an activity, that's how it tends to work.
And yes, he's very demanding! He loves doing these things.
Next I needed a bunch of beads the same colour but different sizes,
so I bought a secondhand necklace.
I cut the string and put them in a bowl for him to sort by size.
I used a muffin tin for something with multiple compartments.
See he's still wearing his bracelet
Here he is spooning from one pot to another with a Chinese soup spoon
which I found on holiday.
A box tray is invaluable to stop the beads rolling everywhere interrupting momentum.
I got the box tray from here in the UK.
I hid 12 wooden letter beads, one for each muffin tin compartment.
This is very important or he won't know how many to look for.
He loved this so much I had to do it with marbles afterwards.
He also learnt how to use a sieve by himself.
Finally - are you still with me?
He chose 5 wooden beads and then had to draw what he saw.
It helps to have round beads because he can only do circle shapes at the moment!
This is the very beginning of 2D technical drawing if you really want to "big up" your child!
OK, then it was time for supper.