Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Sand Bucket Pendulum
1. It turns out she is really into dumping, scooping, and pouring right now. So we would dump the pasta out and then put it back in the bucket. She saw another little cup, and she put the pasta first into the cup and then poured it into the bucket - it was great for working her motion precision and coordination, even if that wasn't what I initially set out to do.
2. I showed her that, when you smoothly swing the bucket all the way up and around - upside down and all - the pasta doesn't fall out!
3. We played "bang the bucket." I attached another string of yarn to another bucket for myself, and I would swing that one while she was swinging hers, and we knocked them against each other.
4. We also played "kick the bucket." I'd hold it steady, and she'd kick it.
So I didn't set out today to work on coordination and motor skills, but we had a ton of fun, and she really did end up learning the concept of the pendulum through extensively interacting with one. We'll work on counting some other time.