Old MacDonald had a Farm by Wendy Straw – We read “Old MacDonald” and sang together many times. R carefully listened and watched as I pointed to and named animals on the different pages and especially loved it when I made the different animal sounds.
1. Backside Animal Match – I introduced R to a new puzzle I had made. I put clipart photos of animals onto different coloured foam pieces. I then cut them in half to make puzzle pieces. The activity was more focused on demonstrating how to do the puzzles. I would put the front piece of the puzzle down in front of her and then hand her the second piece. I would then guide her to place it in the appropriate spot next to the front piece. After trying this activity again two more times over two days, R was able to do it with minimal support from me. I like to introduce new activities using the “I do, we do, you do” method in which I first demonstrate the activity, I then guide R to do the activity with me and then, finally, I have R practice the activity on her own.
a. To make this activity more difficult, glue the animals onto the same coloured foam so that the child cannot use the colour to match the different animals.