Good morning! We have made it through over half of the week! Here are three invitations we hope will engage your middler-aged child today.
Fine Motor Invitation: Making binoculars
This invitation uses a paper towel tube, scissors, a hole punch, some string or yarn, and tape. You can also offer markers, pencils or crayons for customizing the binoculars.
Cut the paper towel tube into two equal cylinders and punch one hole at the top of each piece. Invite your child to connect the two tubes together using tape with the holes on the outside edges. This is the time to decorate them!
To complete the binoculars, loop the string through the holes and adjust. To prevent creating a strangulation hazard, only tie the string through one of the holes. Even though there is no glass or magnification in these binoculars, they do narrow your vision and create a slightly different perspective.
Science/Nature Invitation: Birding adventure
Your child might want to take their new binoculars on this birding adventure, but they are completely optional. You will need a window with a view or an outdoor space, preferably in the shade. Along with their binoculars, your child might appreciate having a clipboard with a piece of paper and pencil/pen and a bird book if you have one. Invite them to sit quietly, listening and observing the world around them. What do they hear? What do they see? Are there any birds nearby? What do they look like?
Sensory Invitation: Bird bath
This invitation is perfect for a kiddie pool or a large, shallow storage tub. Fill it with an inch or so of water and invite your child to pretend to be a bird and take a bath in the water. This video of flamingos dancing is a fun watch and might be inspirational. You can also find videos of birds bathing in puddles.
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