Every once in a while an activity does not go as planned. Oh who am I kidding this happens at least once a week! Usually one of the kids will have a “I have better things to do” attitude and leave midway in whichever activity we are doing! (Luckily I have 4 kids so someone is always interested!)
Today the activity itself was a semi flop but you know what, we learn with flops too!
My aim was to try out some sticky paper and pom poms on the window. I got my new bag of pom poms out added them to a bowl and my just almost 3 year old dived right in to fell them while I set up the sticky paper.
To get the paper to stick to the window I made a sideways pocket type thing. Basically I folded the bottom and top in on itself so it stayed stuck to the window. Then I slid a sheet of large paper in behind it with circles with colors written on it. (color learning)
We then tried to do our activity and found that only the TINY pom poms would actually stay on the sticky paper! So the activity is not a complete flop so if you really wanted to try this use smallest pom poms.
BUT we had so many different sizes!
I pulled another paper out and make 2 more circles. Big pom poms and small pom poms. (Size learning)
Then a new game developed. Which pom pom would fall off first!?
And there goes the blue one!
Another idea to add is to have your child with an empty bowl ready to catch the pom poms as they fall. (hand eye co-ordination) This activity also practices fine motor skills.
Lesson: Learning is fun! Even when things you set up turn out totally different to what you intended. Go with the flow!
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