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Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy 2013!

I came up with the idea of plastic weaving letters, numbers, shapes and objects while writing my Kindle book "The Almost Complete Plastic Bottle Activity Book".   I have "patent pending" status for my "weavable toys" and am currently looking for a manufacturer or business that wants to have these manufactured and then pay me royalties.  
Weaving shapes reinforces letter and number formation concepts while strengthening fingers. There is a lot of motor planning involved in pushing the pieces in and out through the notches. These are a lot of work to make out of detergent bottles and I am hoping that they will soon be available for purchase. However, I am happy to share here for those Do It Yourself-ers.....
The sizes of the shapes and number/sizes of the notches determine how challenging these will be to connect.  You have the option of creating a single shape such as the 2 to weave or create 2 shapes to put together like in the two round shapes that form the 3.  
 Obviously weaving the straight line in the 1 is easier than weaving the round shapes.... 
Younger children may be given  1 single shape to weave into the larger notched shape.
But older children may be given 2 or more shapes (such as the 2 and 0 in the photo) and pieces to match up before weaving. This works on visual discrimination skills, its sort of like putting a puzzle together.... 
The last photo shows the 2 shapes positioned upside down with the detergent labels showing. Tell the children that only the plain color sides should be showing and then the correct side will be facing upwards. 

1 comment:

Eleanor Cawley said...

You have some of the best ideas that I have ever seen. You are so creative and share some of the best activities! Who needs toys? Teach children to create their own using imagination. Love it, love it, love it!