Less Toys Is More

One day I had a nagging feeling. I had to do something about this:

This is our Little Cat’s corner in the living room. Shelves filled with books. More books on the floor. Wooden peg boards, jigsaw puzzles and blocks stacked above the other. A heavy wooden stackable train for a falling hazard. Not seen in the photo were some toys in another part of the living room.

MOST toys are not played with, especially the toys in the white and red tubs – unless he remembers and looks for them. Worst, books are NOT read as much as before. 😦

I strongly felt to declutter at that very moment.

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Building The Future Builder

Last December, our two little Indian neighbors gifted LC with a puzzle toy. Here’s what he can do with them now:

That’s our 2-year old right there. With little hands, focus and (unpredictable) patience, he can already make a cube and more – with no assistance! Amazing! 🙂

Now, here he is with bigger pieces:

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Puzzle Master

Little Cat with a 5-piece and 6-piece wooden puzzles.

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These are hand-me-downs from his cousin.  Sis-in-Law said she bought it at Toys R Us at 50php per puzzle.  That was 2 or 3 years ago.  I hope we’ll find something like these too.  Or hoping someone will gift us with one, or two perhaps? 😉

Honing Fine Motor Skills

For the past months, I think I’ve been a little complacent on stimulating Little Cat’s development.  There’s our playdates with Mommy R and Little A, I give him new books every now and then and we read books all the time but, I still feel I need to be more pro-active in his development.  For one,  I think I have to give him more activities that will hone his motor skills.

Children are naturally curious and they love to move around and tinker with whatever they can get their hands on.  But of course, it’s proper to lead them to the right activities that will actually hone their gross and fine motor skills.

For fine motor skills, a child who has not properly developed the skill may have difficulties in writing legibly, using a keyboard, perform dressing and grooming activities like buttoning shirt, tying shoelaces, using zippers, etc., and turning pages of a book.  Add to that, I found this site to identify more and I quote,

Children with difficulties in this area may have:

  • poor eye-hand coordination
  • poor manipulative skills
  • immature drawing skills
  • poor handwriting and presentation skills
  • some perceptual difficulties
  • good auditory memory skills
  • confidence as speakers and listeners
  • good verbal comprehension skills
  • strengths in verbal and non-verbal reasoning
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