Much of my inspiration comes from Chasing Cheerios
too! I get most of my ideas straight from there.
I second the pouring, scooping, and transferring activities. I keep bowls, utensils, and clear containers of things like glass pebbles, beans, rice, tiny sea shells, and tiny pine cones on a shelf and DS pulls them down and brings them to me when he wants to work with them.
He also enjoys scooping reusable ice cubes from one bowl of water to another.
His all time favorite is pouring flax seeds (sesame seeds would also work) back and forth between two jars through a funnel.
Other activities we do include:
* Pouring water from one cup to another.
* Working with home made dough, a rolling pin, and cookie cutters.
* Cutting bananas with a dull cheese spreader.
* Inserting q-tips in a long neck glass bottle.
* Inserting toothpicks in a parmesan shaker.
* Inserting coins into a piggy bank. As an extension of this I made slotted colored lids for 8 oz jelly jars for DS to insert little colored wooden shapes
. It makes a nice color sorting activity.
* Threading large beads
on a chopstick. Then a pipe cleaner. Then a shoestring.
* Spraying the table with water and wiping it with a cloth.
We have prepared the environment to be as child accessible as possible. For us this means:
* Lowering the stairway hand rail.
* Installing low hooks for coats, hats, apron, and broom.
* Putting a child chair by the coat closet for putting on and taking off shoes.
* Putting a child height table
in the kitchen. It is actually an adult sized table set cut down to child height so the table is a decent size to work on and the stools are comfortable for adults to sit on too. I often cut fruits and vegetables and make fresh juice there. This enables DS to see what I am doing and help when he wants to.
From the Waldorf perspective,
* I put out wooden bowls full of sea shells, pine cones, sea sponges, and river rocks where DS can discover and explore them.
* I dyed play silks
* I facilitate water color painting whenever possible. Right now we are painting with just one color at a time. Soon we will move on to color mixing with two colors.
* We go on nature walks. I let DS set the pace and lead the way. Sometimes he carries a little pail for collecting things.
* I just got DS a Rosy Cheeks boy baby doll
to care for.
* We are battery and plastic free as much as possible.