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Paper scrunching: sounds so simple but can be very satisfying for little ones. Scrunching the paper (newspaper is pretty good) will help develop hand strength. Cut some newspaper in 4x4 inch squares, or some sort of rough squar-ish shape. Put them in a pile next to an empty bowl, plate or the bin if you like. First show them what it is you're asking them to do. To "present work", it should be done in silence. You can tell your little one that you're going to show them how to do it, and then it's their turn. If they don't let you show them, calmly and quietly take the activity away. It may be that they either don't want to do it, or they are testing to see if you'll implement rules and boundaries. If they are happy to continue with the activity, pick up a single piece of paper, scrunch it up using one hand really tight (feel free to add in some "trying hard" facial expressions) and then put it in your chosen place. do this a second time in the other hand, and once you've finished simply ask "would you like to have a turn now?" and let them trial and error and experiment with the paper.


Practical Life at home: Giving your children the freedom to care for themselves can be quite daunting, especially when in the kitchen with all the sharp tools and breakables. However there are ways to help your child grow their independence at home in a controlled way. The following YouTube clip shows how one mum has set up her house so it is child accessible for her son. It's a very good watch and may give you some ideas of ways you can alter your house in small ways to support your little one. 

Garden painting: No, not with real coloured paint but with just a sponge or a brush and a bowl or bucket of water. Let them "paint" the outside of the house, or the paving stones, or the garden furniture. Perhaps they can paint pictures on the floor. 

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