(Goblin is 30 months)
When Goblin was younger he went through a phase where his favourite thing was scribbling with felt tip pens. He'd do it several times every day and I was really optimistic that contrary to the apparent norm that boys tend to be "reluctant mark makers", he was going to be enthusiastic. Unfortunately I hadn't appreciated how quickly toddlers change and their favourite activities shift. Now I'm lucky if Goblin picks up a pen once a week, and even then his activity is usually brief. So I wanted to find alternative activities to keep him practicing his pincer grip so that when he does get back to using pens and crayons he will have the muscles he needs to help him control the implements.
I had some polystyrene craft eggs that I failed to get round to doing anything with over Easter. So I put them on Goblin's shelves with some cocktail sticks. While watching an episode of 'Dora the Explorer' (His new favourite TV show) he took the tray to the sofa and started to play.
He carefully inserted the cocktail sticks into the eggs. He did try cheating and putting loads in at once but he quickly realised that it wasn't as easy as putting one in at a time. I helped him to put some extra ones in so they looked like hedgehogs. He liked this and sat cuddling his spiky hedgehogs while he finished watching his TV show.
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