I was having fun sorting buttons by myself early one morning, trying to be a little more organized. And it’s rather therapeutic for me, to think of nothing else except sorting out the colourful buttons into the respective containers. Colours cheer me up! ^^
Anyway, as I was sorting it out, little Milo woke up and approached me, looking interested in whatever that I’m doing. And so, I put a bunch of green buttons on my palm, got him to pick it up one by one and put it into the container. Else I handed each button to him individually, for him to drop inside the container. Apparently it was fun for him because he kept asking for more! Definitely great for training motor skills!
A while later, little Milkie woke up and wanted to join too. Of course, since she’s older, she will have to sort it out on her own! It wasn’t too bad because she only asked which container she should put for a few buttons of those in between colours such as teal, magenta etc., which means she knows that colours come in different shades. At the same time, I get to tell her what those in between colours are, which she never heard before!
We did this for the whole morning and continued when we are back at night. Little Milkie continued but little Milo gave me a surprise. As I held out my hand with a few buttons in my palm, he gently held my thumb and then flipped my hand to pour the buttons into the container instead of picking it one by one! Wow! I’ve probably followed instructions for too long to even think of that short cut. Well, at least I know he is using his brains. And probably ignoring instructions too. Oops.
It’s definitely good to get the children to do sorting on items. Not only does it help in motor skills, it trains their brain to organize things in a certain way. Most importantly, the children think that it’s fun, and won’t feel pressurized while learning.