Monday, March 16, 2009

A Plan for Art and Action - week 2

Last week I had a great plan for days of fun, but I ended up a little less productive and "fun" because of persistent migraines. But we are going to try again this week, with a less aggressive plan.

The only part of the plan that we really worked on was the gross motor development. The other activities are the same as last week.

Gross motor development:
  • Obstacle Course – my son loved the obstacle course. This will stay on the list for another week.
  • Balance on One Foot – I just add this activity anytime, like while waiting at the grocery store or the doctor’s office.
  • Jumping – this also works anytime. Sometimes when we are on a walk, we’ll jump over cracks.
  • "Car" Rides – for animals in laundry basket, both kids love pushing the basket around the house. We never got to this last week, but will try again this coming week.

Fine motor development:
  • Lacing Boards – we will first need to make the boards (see crafts projects below).
  • Clothes Pin Game – not sure what the game is yet, but it includes pinching the clothes pin open to work those little fingers.
  • Tissue Paper Creations – this is a fun craft project that really encourages fine motor development (see craft projects below for more details).

Speech development:
  • "Going on a Bear Hunt" – Using this song and the book as a launching point, we will go on our own bear hunt (maybe becoming a bear at some point, walking like a bear to throw in some gross motor exercises).
  • Music and Dancing – “We Are The Dinosaurs” and “The Airplane Song” from Whaddaya Think of That? by Laurie Berkner will be our primary songs. This activity is great for speech and gross motor skills.

Arts and Crafts:
  • Make Lacing Boards
  • Decorate Clothes Pin Game
  • Tissue Paper Creations – using sheets of tissue paper, fold, cut/tear, and scrunch the paper; then glue the little balls onto a piece of construction paper.

Kitchen Fun:
  • Blueberry Muffins
There may still be too many activities for the week, but hopefully this will be a "normal" week and we can better gauge how many activities we can accomplish in a week.

Enjoy your week of art and action.


  1. I love, love, love the book Going On A Bear Hunt!

    Your week sounds fun! :)

  2. Great ideas Christy! Kennan loves the Laurie Berkner songs thanks to Dupree!


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