Monday, February 12, 2007

The ball

Zu Yan playing with a soft ball with his leg at 4 months old.

My mother saw a similar soft ball while shopping with baby and me. She handmakes one for Zu Yan with her excellent quilting skills.
Zu Yan loves it very much. To manipulate a bit, I put some green beans in a small sauce container (KFC salads sauce container) and stuff inside the ball.
Now he has a ball that makes sound when he kicks or shakes it.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

The sun /wind catcher mobile

In the book Montessori from the start, you are encouraged to begin with mobiles to help babies learn focus in their eyes.
This is the sun and wind catcher that I made out of colour paper. Cut the spiral, then the flower shape, then the dot in the middle. Paste the dot in the middle of the flower shape, then paste the flower onto the spiral. Make four sets of spiral at different length. Tie each spiral to a round cardboard (cut out from carton box). Then tie the round cardboard to the mosquito net bar.
I have the template of the spiral, flower and dot but don't know how to link it to the post so that you can print it out. If you know and you don't mind, let me know, please.

Zu Yan sitting up with support at 3 months and 2 weeks old. He is really admiring the mobile. Especially after a warm shower, he likes to lay in the crib watching the mobile spining.

The clock

I decided to hang a wall clock in ZuYan's learning room.
The clock will be hang at child level.
ZuYan can see it, notice it and aware about the existance of a clock.
I think many children don't know how to read a clock until they go to primary.
They are having hard time understanding every 60 minutes turns 1 hour, 24 hours turns 1 day, don't mention about sitting for test.

Before After

This wall clock is a free gift.
The background is definitely not suitable for children.
I had it changed to numberals, and will add on the minutes.
Emm... that will be years later when ZuYan is about 6 years old.