3 Stages of Tearing Paper

Tearing paper is a fun and simple activity for young children. It’s also good to exercise children’s fine motor muscles. Therefore, it’s great if we occasionaly let children do the activity. 

But do you know that, if you pay attention to children’s fingers while they tear paper, they will tear the paper in different kind of ways. Here are the ways you may see:

  1. Tear  by grabbing the paper with both hands on the left and right sides of the paper.   
  2. Tear by holding the paper with fingers of both hands on the left and right sides of the paper.
  3. Tear by holding the paper with thumb and forefinger of each hands on the left and right sides of the paper.                          

    And do you know that the differences in tearing the paper actually show the strength of children’s fine motor muscles in stages. Here are how each ways show the strength:

    • The first way mentioned above means that the child’s fingers muscles are not strong enough to tear the paper. That’s why he needs to grab the paper to tear it. 
    • The second way means that the fingers’ muscles has been stronger than the first one to tear the paper. 
    • The third way means that the child’s fingers has been strong and ready to tear paper in anyway she needs to.

    Knowing the stages of tearing paper is important because it will make us able to

    • Prepare the paper which is suitable with children’s strength to be torn. For example, give the soft or thin paper when children are in the first stage. By doing so, they will be able to tear the paper easily which will make them feel fun and happy doing it. And this will make them want to do it more than once. As they often doing so, their muscles will be strengthen. Then, we can gradually give the harder and thicker paper. This eventually will make them reach the second and the third stages.
    • Recognize children’s fine motor muscles strength. The recognition will make us able to figure out the kind of activities which is suitable and proper based on children’s ability. So we won’t give the activities which may still too difficult to do by our children.

    That’s all about tearing paper activity. It’s not only fun for children but it can also show us how far our children’s fine motor muscles have developed. And this can be our basis to think of other activities which will develop our children’s ability even more.

      Finger Painting Activity in Steps

      There are many kinds of finger painting activity children can do.  Here,  we want to show the kinds of finger painting activity in steps. Starting from finger painting activity which will help children develop and improve their gross motor skills to fine motor skills and eventually allow them to bring out their own creativity. Here are the activity in steps:

      1. Let children to spread paint on wide space freely, as wide as their arms can reach. This activity is good to exercise and strengthen their gross motor muscle, in this case their arms.Children do finger painting on wide space

      2. Let children to spread paint on narrower space than previous one. This activity will give them the chance to learn to control their arms movement and exercise their arms endurance, as it’s more difficult and more tiring to do.Children do finger painting on narrow space

      3. Let children to paint pictures with fingers. Ask them to try not to cross the line. Starting from big picture to smaller one. This activity will give them chance to exercise fine motor muscles.Finger Painting Pictures

      4. Let children to do many kinds of finger painting activity. This will give them the chance to exercise gross and fine motor muscles more and also give them ideas which will stimulate their creativity.

      5. Let children create their own creation by finger painting.

      Boy shows his creation

      Those are the steps in finger painting activity. It doesn’t mean that from the first up to the fourth steps children can’t make their own creation. The fifth steps can be done simultaneously with all the steps. However, we put it here on the fifth steps, as it would be the final outcome if children have gone through all the steps. It’s because they would have all the technique to do the finger painting, have enough experience and knowledge to make their own creation. All of those will make them stimulated and keen to make their own creation.

      Five Reasons Why Finger Painting is Important for Children

      Fun Finger Paint

      Finger painting is messy. It takes time to clean up the mess. So, we sometimes try to find way to make it less messy. However, it’s actually necessary for children to do the messy finger painting. Why? Here are the reasons:

      1. Children’s sense of curiosity will be fulfilled

      Children  always want to try everything. It includes the messy finger painting. It makes them curious. When we allow them to do what they want, their senses of curiosity will be fulfilled.

      1. Making a mess is the step they’ve got to go through

      Not allowing children to make a mess will only make children skip the process they should’ve gone through in the first place. It will be like something is missing and their curiosity will stay inside them. Next time, they’ve got a chance to make a mess, they will do it. If this happens in public places, they may make a mess which may be disliked by others. This likely happens as they haven’t got the experience to control the mess they make -which they will be able to learn – if they’ve got the chance to make a mess in personal place such as home.

      1. Children will able to exercise their gross motor muscle

      When they move their arms freely -which make the activity messier- they actually exercise gross motor muscles. As they do the activity often, their arms will be stronger which will make them able to control their arms movement better. And this actually will make them do the activity less messy next time. They will be able to make the paint spreading only at the space provided for the painting without crossing it. It’s due to their ability in controlling their arms. And this ability is important for later learning such as in writing letters and numbers.

      1. Children will able to exercise their fine motor muscle

      The next step after their gross motor muscle developed is fine motor muscle. Finger painting will give them the experience  to exercise fine motor muscle as well, especially the activity which requires fingers movement more than arms. And the exercised fine motor muscles is important for later learning such as writing letters and numbers, just as the exercised gross motor muscles.

      1. It’s a way to learn responsibility

      Finger painting is messy. But by doing so, children actually can learn how to clean up the mess. If we show them how to do it, they would definitely follow what we do. So, if we let children do the activity regularly, they will learn that they have to clean up after they do the messy activity. And when they’ve learned about it, they actually have learned about the value of responsibility.

      So, let children do the messy finger painting. By doing so, they will actually learn to do the activity less messy as they’ve gone through the process they’ve got to experience. Starting from really messy to neat and tidy. And along the process, they also learn about responsibility by cleaning up the mess they’ve made.

      Happy finger painting with your children 🙂

      What Would 2 Years Old Like to Do

      At the age of 2, there are activities children like to do more than in previous age. It is so because their physical development have allowed them to do the activities. Here are the activities :

      • Motor gross activities such running, climbing, reaching things make them curious, etc

      They like to move freely because at this age, they have been able to walk steadily.  This give them the sense of independence. Now, they can explore things they are curious about by themselves which they cant do before due to physical limitation.

      • Exploring things they think interesting such as colorful & moving things

      In the early years of life, a child is in sight sensitive period. It means, they will be interested to things which attract their eyes. As they’ve gained physical independence, they will expand their sight attractiveness by touching or exploring closely the things they see.

      • Doing messy things such as painting, mixing flour, playing sand, etc.

      They will do experiment with those materials with heir hands. Those activities will be messy because basically, they haven’t been able to control their hands completely. It’s also because they do experiment with their hands. They want to see the outcome of their hands movement.

      • Imitating what adults do, especially words.

      Toddler imitates adult

      Children in the early years of life are in the stage of language sensitive period and in the imitating stage. Therefore, they are able to absorb the language they heard easily.

      • Saying no often

      toddler says no

      They love saying no because they want independence to move freely. Therefore, they will say no, if we try to forbid them or when they think we block their way.

      Those are the activities 2 years old children like most. It doesn’t mean that those activities are not done in previous age or later on. However, at the age of 2, those activities are delighting for them because they start able to explore those activities more independently than before (less help from adult). And this new sense of independence is actually what makes them like those.

      Knowing what 2 years old children like will make us easy in preparing or setting activities our children can do in everyday’s life. By giving the activities they like and need, we actually have given them the opportunity or chance for them to develop their sense of independent which is very important for children’s development in the future.

      Check out the activities 2 years old children can do in the next posting 🙂

       

       

      5 Things Children Will Learn By Making Craft

      Making craft is fun and a way to express our creativity. When we finish making craft, we feel the sense of satisfaction and eagerness to make more. That kind of feeling must be felt by children too when they make craft. But not only those, there are more. Children will learn and get many things in the process of making craft. What they will learn and get are:

      1. Learn to be a thinker

      A craft begins from an idea which doesn’t just just come up out of nowhere. An idea comes from a thinking process. So when children want to make a craft, they have to think of ideas, not only what to make but also think of the steps how to make it. This thinking process which makes children become thinker.

      1. Learn to be a planner

      A craft is not a craft if it’s not made. To make it, we have to think what materials we need, where to get those, how much material we need, etc. Those require plan. And by preparing the craft materials, children learn how to be a planner.

      1. Learn to be a problem solver

      In the process of making craft, there are things which may not be thought of it before. Se we may have to adjust our idea with the situation during craft making. This requires us to act on the spot and think of another idea to make the craft the way we wanted. By doing it, we actually solve the problem we encounter. And children will experience this too when they make craft. That way they will learn how to solve problem and thinking fast to come up with new idea.

      1. Learn to be perseverance

      As mentioned on point 3 above, in the craft making, things don’t always work as planned. There will be trial and error. This may test our patience and make us want to give up to finish the craft. But if we keep perseverance, eventually we’ll be able to make the craft as best as we wanted. When children experience this, they will learn how to persevere and not giving up easily to finish their creation.

      1. Expand their concentration span and endurance

      It takes time to create craft from beginning till the end. During the process, children have to concentrate a lot. The longer they make a craft the more they have to concentrate. This requires lots of energy which will make them tired. But, as craft making is fun, they may not feel it. This actually makes them pass their own boundaries and their endurance will be strengthened.

      Those are what children get in the process of making craft which will be good basic for other learning and in life.

      So, let our children crafting! 🙂

       

      Happy New Year 2017!

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      A year has passed. There were many moments we’ve gone through. Moments that had made us feeling happiness and sadness, shaped our lives, made us the way we are now,  and most importantly given us lessons to learn. The lessons will become a good foundation in this new year to face new experiences which will make us learn something new. Those we’ll make us never stop developing ourselves to be the best we can be. It’s something important to do because children will see it as an example to follow. By following our example, they will keep developing and growing to be the best they can be, too.

      Those are what we’ve got from the passed year and what we can hope in this year. Now, we would like to say ,”Happy new year from Child’s Castle to you! May the lessons we’ve learned bring out new experiences in this new year which will make our children and us becoming the best we can be. Wishing you all good things in life. Have fun, joy, peace, love, care, luck and success ahead!”

      Happy New Year 2017! 🙂

      The Easy to Follow Drawing for Children: Christmas Trees

      At the age of four, children’s fine motor muscles and cognitive skills have developed quite well. This will make them able to draw. If we show them simple drawing, they would try to follow it. Just as the pictures of Christmas Trees below which are easy to follow by children.

      christmas-tree-picture

      The steps:

      1. Draw the triangle and say triangle while we draw it (This will be good to strengthen children’s ability in recognizing triangle)
      2. Draw the rectangle and say rectangle while we draw it
      3. Draw the circles and say circle everytime we draw it
      4. Color the pictures

      christmas-tree-picture_2

      The steps:

      1. Draw a tiny triangle and say triangle while we draw it
      2. Draw lines as in the pictures above which create a Christmas tree
      3. Draw rectangle and say rectangle while we draw it
      4. Draw the circles and say circle everytime we draw it
      5. Draw the star and say star
      6. Color the pictures

      christmas-tree-drawing_3

      The steps:

      1. Draw a triangle and say triangle while we draw it
      2. Draw the trapezoids and say trapezoid everytime we draw it
      3. Draw the circles and say circle everytime we draw it
      4. Color the pictures

      When children have finished drawing the trees, they would show us proudly of what they’ve drawn. If we encourage them to explain their drawings, they might add story to their drawings or add another drawings to the pictures such as the presents underneath the trees and much more.

      All the activities above, start from drawing, naming shapes, coloring, explaining and creating story to the drawings will give advantages for children. They will be able to:

      1. Strengthen their fine motor skills
      2. Strengthen their shapes recognition
      3. Relate their real life experience with the drawings they’ve made
      4. Bring out their creativity by creating story based on the drawings or by adding more pictures to the drawings.
      5. Build their sense of achievement and confident as they’ve been able to follow all the steps and finally draw the picture they’ve seen.

      With many advantages children can get, let’s ask children to draw. Show them many kinds of drawings which are easy to follow by them. Adjust the drawings with children’s ability. This way they would be stimulated to keep drawing which in the end will make them improve their ability even more.

      Happy drawing!