Thursday, May 9, 2013

Sensory Play :: Beans

So we have two main games that we play thus far with beans. I am researching different ways for him to play but for now these are the two standbys that he loves. I hear often "mommy play with beans. can i please play with beans." So - good news so far. I don't know what it is about these simple games that are so enjoyable to him - but who am I to fight it. His Occupational Therapist has a couple activities that are similar and I am trying to find as many ways as possible to supplement her work with him.

We took a combination of beans that I pulled out of my pantry of kidney, navy, and garbanzo beans and stuck them in a tupperware for bean sensory play.

Game 1 :: Animal Hunt

This is a game where I place all the beans in a big salad bowl. I place a small bowl across the room. I hide a number of animals in the beans. I ask him to take one out at a time, tell me what animal it is, walk across the room and place the animal in the bowl. Once he has collected all of the animals in his bowl across the room I then have him hide them one at a time - walking across the room for each one. This game can be repeated.

Game 2 :: Bean Splitting

Here I put all of the beans in a big salad bowl. I place three small bowls in front of the big bowl. I place a couple measuring scoops in the big bowl and ask him to fill the three smaller bowls. Once all three bowls are full and the big bowl is empty I ask him to start scooping the beans up and place them back in the big bowl. This game can be repeated.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Our Lil Soccer Player

Josiah is really enjoying his soccer league. He goes on Saturday mornings and spends an hour with other children his age learning the fundamentals of soccer and having a great time. The league he is on really impressed me with how well they relate to kids and really make every bit of it into a fun game. I really want Josiah to enjoy sports and benefit from learning how to be on a team and work with other kids, learning that practice pays off, and to be proud of himself and what he can accomplish. So the fact that they make this league so fun for the kids really makes me happy. He adores especially his main coach Miss Vanessa and literally follows her around and does whatever she tells him. If she bends down for a bit he might even sneak in a cuddle or hug. He isn't usually like that with strangers and has pretty good stranger danger so its pretty sweet when he does show his sweet self to someone he gets to know. Anyhow, what you really want to see is his cuteness... so without further ado....

my fave pic of him on his first day of practice - he was having so much fun

water break grins

trying to kick the ball towards coach vanessa as was the aiming game

learning stop airplane

stretch stretch streching

more stretching

elbows on the ball game

kick kick kicking

water breaking it

jumping over the bar with his ball with coach vanessa

and of course, the cutest boy i have ever seen with his funny little face