After hearing Carly chat on *567 Cape Talk AM radio* this morning, we thought this activity might be a nice way of playing with everyday, household items. As moms, dads, grannies, grandpas etc. we would pay anything to help grow and nurture our Groovy Adventurers. Sometimes people go to extreme lengths spending thousands of rands on toys, equipment, and games for our little treasures. We check the toy description to make sure it is for the right age, stimulates big words like fine motor, gross motor, cognitive and visual perceptual skills, even though we sometimes don’t know what these words really mean!
Who of you have been in the situation where the best part of the present…was the *box* it came in! I certainly have…more than once! Many times, children love the box or the wrapping more than what’s actually in the box! With *Let’s Be Silly* you can use literally anything in your environment and see what you can do with it or how you can adorn yourself with that object…enjoy loads of silly smiles and giggles as you try on pegs as earrings, pool noodles as necklaces, egg boxes as pillows and…and…and the list and possibilities are endless! Little Shiloh especially enjoys this game and laughs the cutest little belly laugh when I make something like a pot a toilet seat! We are definitely in the toilet humour stage! I am yet to figure out the intellectual development our little Adventurers get from potty humour…but there must be something about it because I have never met a toddler who doesn’t crack up at fart noises!
*Let’s Be Silly* will stimulate your child’s ability to come up with new and interesting ideas. This is the first step to having good *Motor Planning*. Motor planning is the ability to come up with an idea, devise a plan and then execute that plan when learning a new movement or figuring out how to use a new tool. Having good motor planning skills help children to use quick and efficient ways of approaching tasks and will aid good work pace and task completion in the classroom later on!
So pack away your purse for now and unpack a few odd items you have in your cupboards, hair curlers, badges, baskets, spice bottles etc…and get *SILLY* all the while knowing that you are developing vital skills for academic learning later on!
Lots of Groovy Hugs!