Parents as First teachers…..Part 2
Early Childhood Shopping List…..here is a useful list of ideas of items to have available at home to support your child’s development….
– chubby/oversized coloured pencils and felt tipped pens
– an oversized or triangular shaped writing pencil
– chubby chalk and chalk board
– small, safety scissors with rounded ends
– glue sticks
– a thick tipped marking pen – to highlight cutting lines and to make dotted lines for letter formations
– a green and red felt tipped pen – to mark the starting and stopping place for basic letter writing
– early childhood pre-writing activity books – tracing, join the dots, simple mazes, basic drawing, spot the difference type activity books
– early childhood colouring books
– early childhood hand-writing books
– lots of scrap paper for cutting and writing (butchers paper)
– coloured paper and cardboard – to learn colours, to provide a contrast, to glue pictures on, to assist with cutting.
– old magazines for cutting up
– old boxes, toilet roll holders, etc. for building, playing, cutting and gluing
– different sized balls
– dress ups
– sand pit/sand box
– water play toys
– scraps of coloured paper, card and material of different textures (eg. sand paper, bubble wrap, fabric scraps, corrugated cardboard, cotton balls, etc) for cutting and gluing – encourage your child to feel and rub the textures
– playdough – use with rollers, plastic knives and cookie cutters
– wooden beads, coloured pasta and woollen thread or a shoe lace – good for fine motor and also use to teach colours and patterns
– fine motor games
– memory games – simple and cheap to make
- simple age appropriate jigsaws and wooden puzzles
– chunky coloured building blocks such as Duplo and Lego
– chubby, child sized cutlery
- Recycle and re-use – collect magazines, fabric scraps, boxes, etc.
- Many games and items can be made cheaply at home – eg. play dough, memory games, draw letter outlines,
- Create a space at home where your child feels comfortable to sit and cut and glue and draw. A small table and chair are ideal. Encourage your child to make use of this area on a daily basis.
- An adult or parent may need to assist and facilitate especially if the child is experiencing any difficulties.
- Praise any work…..the process is more important than the outcome. Hang your children’s work up somewhere at home to admire!!
- Provide freedom to explore and play safely.
Pam McDonald Occupational Therapist – Let’s Talk Outreach Service