LittleMan’s grandmother recently sent him a stack of dinosaur books she’d found hidden on her shelves so dinosaurs, which have always been popular in our home, are even bigger right now. We read the books and set up various small world plays with our toy dinosaurs, use toy dinosaurs for painting dino tracks, last weekend we even froze some dinosaurs in a block of shaving cream to play with on a hot day.
I wanted LittleMan do so some writing practice, something beyond tracing the words I write in highlighter on a piece of paper. I had hoped to set up a whole theme writing tray like I had seen on Pinterest (like this, and this). I still plan on putting one together, but to be frank, I just didn’t have the time or motivation do to so.
Instead I offered LittleMan this simple tray:
Some shaving cream, a bowl of water and hand towel to wash his fingers between letters, and wooden blocks that spell out “DINOSAUR” to give him inspiration in which letters to write. I was pleased to see that even though the blocks were in all capital letters, LittleMan still attempted to write both upper and lower case. He stuck mostly to writing the letters in dinosaur, however without prompting he deviated a bit at one point to write his name a few times.
I think he worked on this tray for about 20 minutes, smoothing the shaving cream out and starting over whenever he ran out of room to write.
Towards the end LittleMan just couldn’t help but get silly and start squishing the shaving cream in his hands, which was perfectly fine by me.
Of course, how could I complain when he cleaned himself up afterwards?
I think I’ll attempt to make a full-out themed writing tray today, now that I’m feeling a bit more motivated. But for a quick activity, this simple shaving cream tray was a hit.