We are moving nicely through the Farm Animals Activity Plan from Clever Clovers. The girls are enjoying themselves very much. We have been watching Babe during our TV time and the girls have been so excited to see the animals interacting on the screen. I can’t wait to take them to the farm! BTW…Friday’s post will be delayed because we have decided to visit the farm over the weekend as a family outing.
Mondays and Wednesdays I choose one activity we did today from the Clever Clovers curriculum and share our experiences (starring my twin babies)
This week’s Theme: Farm Animals
Activity Description: Toy Time: Find a toy sheep and play with it in such a way that you are taking care of it. For example, feed it, give it a bath, give it kisses and cuddles, etc.
This Activity’s Main Area of Development: Emotional Learning
Specific Skill: Being affectionate and nurturing
O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 17 months + 1 Week
1. Our warm up activity was singing, using the farm animal figurines as props.
2. We used our stuffed pig because I couldn’t find our stuffed sheep. We also had a stuffed cat – (which often appears in farm related things so I thought we could use it, but M soon refused preferring a baby doll she had). I explained to them that these are our babies and we have to take care of them and love them. On their own accord they hugged and kissed the toys but after that, I came up with all the different ways to take care of our “babies” (except for the last).
- Brushing (hair and teeth)
Actually O’s pig fell out and she ran over it saying “uh, oh, uh, oh”. It was a good opportunity to say “ouch, the pig is hurt. Can you help the pig?” After stepping on his head 3 times (accidentally; it was entangled in the stroller) she eventually gave the pig a hug and kiss and placed it back in the stroller.
- Soothers (you can’t really see the soothers, their hands are covering them)
This was interesting for a couple of reasons. First, I had a bit of a problem with O. She kept taking M’s baby out of the bath which was turning into a bit of tug-o-war between the two of them. I was saying “that’s not gentle” and all of that kind of stuff but what I finally came to realize (thanks to O’s persistence – albeit grumpy/screamy persistence) was that O was trying to take the baby’s clothes off for the bath! How clever! I didn’t even know that they came off. Second, after the “bath” O pointed to the hand towel and then gestured toward the pig. Other than the hugs and kisses at the beginning of the activity, this was the only time that they initiated some caring action toward the pig/baby (the rest of the ideas were mine – which is totally age appropriate so don’t worry if your baby does the same!)
*This activity is a wonderful way to incorporate emotional learning into play. It is imaginative play which they are beginning to understand and it helps them practice being gentle, nurturing and caring. It was a very timely activity for us because they have started to argue with each other more and they have been throwing toys too. The concepts and language used in this activity can be brought forth when I need to help them settle disagreements or explain to them why they should not throw their toys.