Shhh. Don't tell my husband that I'm actually doing "work" while we are on our summer trip. I couldn't help it though...
While browsing Facebook one morning, from the porch of our cabin, I came upon a phenomenal Olympic Craft posted by www.nobiggie.net and as I sat pondering how cool it was, I came up with a way to use it for our Picky Eater Olympic unit. Before I fill you in on the details though...take a look at this awesome idea from Nobiggie (and make sure you stop by their blog and share some love with them when you get the directions).
Now, once you get this awesome craft completed and after you have talked about the significance of these rings (a language lesson bonus!) you can head out to the garden, local Farmer's Market, favorite grocery store or your very own kitchen to find some foods to sort, by color, into the jars (another language bonus!).
An even better idea, and to take the lesson even further, you can search the internet for some foods you haven't tried before, make your Olympic Food Ring list and head out to find the new foods.
Another idea (I'm full of them!) you can try is to first sort the foods,whole, into their respective colored jars. Next, you could then cut the foods into smaller pieces and then sort the pieces into jars. This step gives your picky eater an entirely different visual, tactile and olfactory sensory experience AND it just might make them more likely to try the food. They will have the juice on their fingers and see how the food behaves before ever getting it near their mouth.
NOW...PAY ATTENTION here....the goal of the lesson is NOT to get the food into your child's mouth (I know, I know but trust me on this one). The goal is to give your child some more experience with new foods WITHOUT going to the mouth FIRST.
Be patient my friends and go slowly...have fun and you just might be rewarded with a TRULY Olympic experience when your picky eater actually tries, and likes, one of these new foods.
Thanks for reading...stay tuned for another Picky Eater Olympic post SOON.
Here goes nothin'.... so I had this bright idea that I would ask for fans of our Twitter and Facebook pages to suggest toys or common household objects and I would randomly (LOVE random.org) select one and blog about the different ways to use the item to enhance speech and language skills. Wouldn't you know that the very first item selected was SPATULAS (second guessing my love or random.org right now)? The "spatula suggester" was kind enough to start us off with a suggestion....below find all that I personally can think of....
*blowing bubbles with different shaped spatulas (thanks to our poster on FB for this idea)
*sorting different colored spatulas
*tracing spatulas and then matching them to the "pictures"
*hide the spatula (work on location phrases "look, it's ON the table, UNDER the couch etc..)
*size concepts (do you want the big spatula or the little; can also use for above "sorting" activity but sort by size
*pretend play (practice questions by asking your child "what are you making? or "are you making a hamburger or grilled cheese?"
*one to one correspondence ("can you give one to everyone? or counting each of the spatulas together)
*pronouns ("can you give one to him? her? me? Where is YOUR spatula?)
*possessives ("Where is Dad's spatula? Mom's? Yours?)
*painting pictures (dip into finger or washable paint)
*verbs (flip the sandwich, turn the sandwich)
*actually cooking with one (cooking with toddlers and preschoolers is an excellent language and speech activity AND most children will at least TRY what they cook/make)
*speech articulation (common errors are /s/, /sp/ blend, /t/ and /l/ (would go nicely for a child working on /sp/ blends in spontaneous speech in above "hide the spatula game")
Now it's YOUR turn...how would YOU use a spatula to work on speech or language skills? Come on, don't be shy!
This was fun! Don't forget to watch for our announcement next week so we can do this again.