Sweet Pea is 39 months old.
From: I found this fast and fun idea at What Do We Do All Day?
- Large sheet of paper. (We used a big roll of butcher paper from Sam’s Club.)
- Washable markers.
- Make sure you are on a hard washable surface. Vinyl is good. Carpet is bad.
- Draw about 10 dots on the piece of paper either randomly or in the shape of something.
- Label the dots with the numbers 1-10 (or even higher).
- Give your tot a marker and ask him to find the number “1″ on the piece of paper.
- Next have him find the number “2″.
- Instruct your tot to draw a line between the number “1″ and the number “2″.
- Help your tot find the number “3″ and draw a line to it.
- Continue helping your tot draw a line to the next higher number until all of the numbers have been connected.
Observations: Sweet Pea really enjoyed this, although she needed quite a bit of help with the order of the higher numbers.
This was quick to set up and I could easily create another one while Sweet Pea waited. We probably only spent about 15 minutes on it total, although I think I’ll bring it out again soon.
Notes from the Trenches: The blogger who originally suggested this idea did not like creating representational pictures (i.e. Elmo) with the dot-to-dot, and I started off by making them random, but to maintain Sweet Pea’s interest I quickly starting putting the dots into shapes. I found that Sweet Pea liked this activity much more when I made a connect-the-dots picture that she could recognize.
Rating: 3 Stars * (Fun, Easy, Frugal)