Welcome back to Colour Month. No rants today, I promise :)
The brunt of today's colour took place at the park, sans camera, which we forgot to bring along. But I thought I'd share a few activities Niamh undertook today during those brief moments where she was actually inside.
A little fine motor activity - putting different-sized objects into a container (the buttons are tricky, because she has to twist them the right way for them to fit):
A little later, Niamh asked to cut up her own snack. Brilliant! A perfect Montessori opportunity. She had been asking about knives earlier, after sitting on the bench next to the knife block while we dried the dishes. I showed her the parts of the knives and yes, I let her handle them very carefully. I think it piqued her interest in knife-handling, because she hasn't really been interested in cutting jobs up until now. So, following Maria Montessori's "Follow The Child" philosophy, we set her up with a mushroom and a butter knife and away she went. Here's how a nearly 2 year old uses a knife:
Tomorrow, I think I will set her up with her own little "snack station" - something I've avoided until now, mainly due to the dogs being able to get at anything I put at her level. I think I might have come up with a solution, though, so...we'll see.
In closing for today, I would like to thank you all for reading so far and for joining us on our journey. I finally figured out how to check my stats, and I am thrilled to bits to see I have visitors from the USA, UK, Turkey, Belgium and even Lithuania! You are all so welcome. Thank you for coming!