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The Egg Between Us

Some days, despite all my best efforts, these two little angels just argue, argue, argue!  (Which often turns into screaming, screaming, screaming and whining, crying, whining!)  Sound familiar?  When times are tense with them, I am sure to include cooperative activities into our day.  It really helps!  It helps in the short-term (turning those screams and tears into smiles and giggles) and I know in the long-run these kinds of activities will help them navigate their relationship as sisters as well as their relationships with others.

Here’s one activity we did today from the Leaping Lilies curriculum

 This week’s Theme: Dinosaurs

Activity DescriptionSave the Egg!:  Tape out a start and finish line.  2 people stand side to side (2 children or you and your tot).  Place a ball/balloon (the dinosaur egg) between you (no hands allowed!). Walk to the finish line without dropping (breaking) the egg!

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Social Learning

Specific Skill: Use cooperation to complete a task

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 2 years + 5 months

 

  • Introduction: (To begin we read a story)
By Ian Beck

By Ian Beck

 

  • Give an Example: (Mr. Y was home so Mommy and Daddy demonstrated)

– You can get two children to demonstrate (for a group)

– You can demonstrate with a child (for a group)

– If it’s just you and one child, do one slowly together holding the dinosaur egg (balloon), then do it a second time without hands!

 

  • Try It!: (The girls suggested that we try different body parts – great idea!)

 

We had a lot of fun with this, it relieved the tension between them and there was a lot of giggling and smiles…. which was a breath of fresh air!

Trying the bum-to-bum again!

Trying the bum-to-bum again!

Love M's face and stance!

These two crack me up!

 

 

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Know When to Fold’em

When it comes to toddlers, we often think of cooperation as them doing what we want (but this is really just obedience); real cooperation is a joint-effort involving ‘give & take’ that is mutually satisfying.  In order to develop a cooperative spirit in your children, you can give them the opportunity to work together with yourself and others. Let your tot grow up experiencing first-hand, the benefits of working cooperatively; doing simple chores together is a super-easy way to get started!

Here’s one activity we did today from the Leaping Lilies curriculum

 This week’s Theme: Bed Time

Activity DescriptionI Can Help!: Your tot will love to help you fold up large sheets and blankets.

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Social Learning

Specific Skill: Working cooperatively to complete a task

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 2 years + 5 months

 

  • When to fold’em:  Do this activity when you are folding laundry, cleaning up from a fort/castle building session, after a picnic, or in our case after “we made a giant bird nest” -their words (on the living room floor, with every blanket that was in reach).  I kind of wish I took a picture of the “giant bird nest”, it was well-made & cute!

Practice: The girls are like most toddlers their age, in that they always want to help.  They have been folding blankets and sheets with me for a while now, so today was not their first time.  Get practising, your tot will love it!

Tricks & Tips: 1) It helps to start out with a blanket laid out on the floor 2) After each fold, you may need to help your tot adjust the hand grip (this is the trickiest part)

Start out on the floor

Start out on the floor

Fold completed. Now help readjust the grip.

Fold completed. Now help readjust the grip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s Folding: This does not require any explanation so a quick few pictures should do it!

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……Just like that, the giant bird’s nest is tidied away (and the best part is, I didn’t lift a finger; they eagerly did the folding AND they were working cooperatively to accomplish something – which is lovely to see since there can be a lot of arguing some days!)

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