My son needs to be entertained at all times or he whines and complains to watch television or play computer games. It gets a little tedious but when I get in and play with him life seems to be a lot better for us all. Yesterday when he came to me and said "Can I watch television?" I quickly pulled out some paper and said, "No, we are going on a treasure hunt!" He got excited at that. Then I talked to him about textures and how they are everywhere. I then asked him to help me go around the house and find textures to rub onto paper. We found textures all over inside, but when we went outside there were far more textures everywhere. He had a hard time doing the rubbings himself so I ended up doing most of the rubbings, but he did the finding. After he found three pages full of rubbings, I told him to cut them out in any way he wanted and make a picture (collage) onto another piece of paper. I had to cut the shapes for my 2 year old, but she loved gluing them onto her paper. This activity kept my little tv addicted guy entertained for about 45 minutes. Then he announced he was done and wondered if he could watch television again? AAAAAAAH! I really need to find him a friend!
|We found rubbing like this instead of rolling the crayon worked a lot better, but the crayons almost all broke|
|All our rubbings ready to cut|
|cutting the rubbings in any way the child chooses|
|James' collage! I asked him what his favorite textures were and we talked a bit about rough and smooth|