I think parents can be broken up into two distinct groups (neither being better than the other): those who allow ball play in the house and those who do not. We are balls–in-the-house parents and despite Aodhan’s lack luster approach to sporty things, we do get him pretty excited to kick a ball around the front room now and then.

After a brilliant day in the sunshine with my amazing parents, Aodhan and I decided that a good game of ball was in order. But, I thought I would jazz it up a bit and we played with a little puff.

I am constantly working on his fine motor skills with pinching this and sorting that, but how often do I think about helping his feet articulate the ideas of space, distance and transportation?

He really had to get those little toes lined up to wail on that ball, and boy! did it fly. He thought it was hilarious to use a little ball – and hey, my guitar managed to stay up right for this round of soccer – not bad. And cheap!!! No supplies needed beyond this incy-weency ball.

We have been working on other things lately, including sorting by size. The free printables available at 1+1+1 = 1  and Confessions of a Homeschooler are pretty fantastic. They are fun and don’t make me feel that we stray away from our idea of play being paramount in our learning. A huge thanks to those mamas. I have started making our own printables and have big plans to share, share, share!!!

Aodhan really seemed to find some zen with popcorn kernel pouring. He used this little shovel tool that was passed down from his English grandparents – it was an eating utensil for A’s dad a million years ago! I gave him a variety of tools to use to scoop the popcorn and transfer them into a little cup, but he spent ages just pushing the kernels on the plate – like a little zen garden. Plan on doing this again, especially on days when he feels overwhelmed or we have been busy.

One of the other BEST sensory activities we have tried is playing with mashed potatoes. Honestly, I really want to thank Laurent at Learning Through The Clutter for such a marvelous idea. We could have mashed ALL afternoon (well, mashed and ate – honestly, the kid ate so many darned potatoes!)

I am linking up to these parties! Come and play.

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4 Responses to Finely Tuning Our Feet and Mashing Potatoes

  1. Vicky says:

    Love all your activities. I am always looking for ways to work on fine motor skills. I am a new Twitter follower visiting from Sun Scholars. Vicky from Mess For Less

  2. Lori says:

    These are some great ideas. We have a couple little friends in my class who need some extra help with their fine motor skills so I may be employing some of your ideas! Thanks for linking up to Thinky Linky Thursday!
    Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom

  3. A corn kernel zen garden is a fun idea. We are also ball-playing-in-the-house parents, for better or worse. So far, knock on wood, the worst that has happened was we (and by we, I mean my husband) got a plastic Easter egg stuck in the chandelier (about 15 feet up) back in the day when Boogie thought eggs were balls. He still likes to point up at it every once in awhile. Thanks for sharing at WOTT!

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