It was just a random plan. I saw the Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale on the book shelf and determined in my heart to read to the boy. He would love it especially since he has read the Rainbow Fish before and loved it.
Then the idea of doing some painting came to mind. For a long while, the boy has asked me if he could paint. “No” was the answer because each time he asked, I was having coffee during breakfast. I really didn’t want to stop my coffee and tend to him. Selfish I know, but I really need a cup of coffee to start the engine. And each time after coffee, we would have to start the routine of getting the kids to wash up and get dressed before sending the boy to school. So nope, no painting for the boy for a long while.
So yesterday, I decided that I couldn’t give excuses anymore and started to get him to do some work. He painted the whole paper blue and while waiting for the paint to dry up, we worked on the scales of the fish.
It’s a lot of fine motor skills, I realised, midway through the activity. He rolled and flattened the play dough (tickle your senses) and punched out the round shape before cutting the circle into half. So the concept of the shape and half was also taught through this informal activity. Oh yes, he also learnt that when you cut a circle into half, it becomes a semi-circle! ✌🏼✌🏼
There was a lot of concentration no doubt from the little boy and I was just enjoying the whole process (of watching him). He was careful with each stage of the work which is really surprising.
This is a very simple activity you can do with your toddler. Teach colours, shapes, fractions, etc! Let your creativity take over!