This is so simple...the boys love this.
Just a pin from a cork notice board with an end to grip,
and poke, poke, poke to their hearts content.
The paper is placed on a big sponge (... like ours . Car wash sponge for 50p!),
or piece of foam or polystyrene.
They trace inside letters of their name and then hold it up to the light...
Even Little Seed likes poking into the sponge or paper pictures...
And yes... that is my 20 month old son with a sharp pin.
I am influenced by Jean Liedloff who wrote the Continuum Concept.
An amazing woman who went into South America and lived amongst Stone Age Indians.
She advocated baby wearing, breastfeeding, not to deny screaming babies but to trust their and your own instincts.
This is what she says in an interview with Michael Mendizza from The Mother Magazine:
"We pride ourselves on being so intelligent, and yet we feel that we are the only species whose children are so stupid that they're going to throw themselves into the fire, out of windows and into swimming pools."
" We are the only animal that doesn't follow its mother, how can this be? Because we keep showing our children we expect them to run away: whereas people in the jungle have their children follow them around like animals."
"The point is trust. We are paying a terrible price when we don't trust our human nature, which works beautifully when we do. When we don't trust, our expectations are inappropriate, for ourselves and our children."
I show Little Seed what to do, and he copies his eldest brother.
I show him how sharp the needle is and he then concentrates and builds up skills, thereby building up self-confidence.
He has not hurt himself yet and probably won't.
He cuts strawberries and bananas with knives, and handles scissors ( although he can't cut).
He is allowed to do things without an air of nervousness around him and he enjoys.
Try hesitating next time you want to shout, "Don't do that! " and see if you can
find a way to scaffold what they want to do.