I made something again. I’m finding that I enjoy making toys for Little Jams. This time, it’s a fine motor activity. This is a larger version of one I found on line, the Montessori one is better for using the pincher. This one, however, I find to be quite versatile.
I found this square platform that already had a hole cut in the center. I was planning to use it for a different project, but the hole was too big and I went with something else. This was actually perrrrfect for this project. I had a precut dowel already that happened to fit in the hole. I prefer natural wood tones, but this platform was more of a painters grade material. Little Jams likes red, so I went with it.
A dab of glue and some Melissa and Doug Lacing Beads later… little hands were getting grabby.I showed Little Jams how to play with this toy, one at a time, and counting as I placed each bead. 1…2…3…4. Then took them off, 1…2…3…4. He did as I showed him and was pleased with himself, even saying “yay!” after his first completion. (We use to say “Yay!” at the end of counting the stairs while going up or down. Even though we don’t rejoice in it anymore, sometimes he still feels it to be appropriate).
Since I have an entire set of these beads, one of the future activities I plan to incorporate with this is patterning. I’ll make pattern cards using the shapes and colors of the beads for him to copy on the dowel. I always love a toy that has multiple uses and “grows” with him.