general develpment activities - 3yo

(8 Posts)
Blink191984 Fri 01-Apr-16 18:01:02

My Ds is way behind in general understanding of activities than his other class mates. Although i plan a new activity everyday after his school, but he likes it only for a 1-2 minutes.

1. He can paint inside the outlines. But doesn't want to use pencils.

2. Good at joining puzzles.

3. Doesn't get involved in craft and music activities at school. But at home he is a bit better.

4. He has delayed speech for which therapy sessions have started.

Any suggestions for small activities for general developmental would be helpful.

jimijack Fri 01-Apr-16 18:04:46

Ooh is this all bad?

My 3 year old doesn't do anything other than splodge with a paintbrush, is ok at some puzzles and can't for love nor money speak properly.
It's sweet & a bit funny to us though!!

Oh my God, what a shit parent I am, hadn't even considered it all to be negative.

Mine is 3.2, should I be contacting hv or something????

Ferguson Fri 01-Apr-16 18:15:35

Duplo or Lego are some of the best things to develop creativity and fine motor skills.

Threading laces for large large beads, and encourage simple repeating patterns.

Peg-board and pegs of various colour, and again try for repeating patterns (and start to introduce counting and numbers)

BUT DON'T NAG HIM, OR MAKE HIM FEEL A FAILURE, or suggest that you aren't happy with his efforts.

Let him dig or play in the garden, and plant seeds.

ChishandFips33 Fri 01-Apr-16 18:33:54

He's doing great you just need to key into his interests; if he likes puzzles that's fab - it likely means he enjoys problem solving/connecting (if traditional jigsaw or posting/inserting if more inset type puzzles) and the pieces will keep his fingers supple and moving which will help pencil control when he's ready (it's not unusual for boys to avoid pencil play)
Does he have a train track? That will have a similar appeal
Scissor skills like learning to snip thin strips of card will also challenge hand and finger skills as well as brain co-ordination
Google parts play loose parts play and motor activities toddlers fine motor activities - nuts and bolts, padlocks and keys, pushing pipe cleaners through a colander etc all help future writing skills
He needs big arm movements to strengthen shoulder and upper arm muscles (which then support lower arm wrist and hand later) have a look here for more info
Mud play/mud kitchen
Sensory tubs might appeal
Repeated reading (same book every night at bed time for a couple of weeks - boring for you but great for language!)
YY to Ferguson's post - praise, copy and model and let him enjoy, play and discover ;-)

bebo100 Fri 01-Apr-16 19:42:46

Are you doing these activities after pre-school? Maybe he's just too tired to concentrate and just needs a bit of free play / relaxing time....

Blink191984 Sun 03-Apr-16 19:51:15

Thanks Ferguson and Chishandfips33 for the tips. Sometimes he is very stubborn in trying new things.

I try new things on weekend but sometimes he just sticks to what he is playing.

Blink191984 Sun 03-Apr-16 19:55:16

Jimijack, i am soon planning an assessment. You know what is best for your child.
Somehow, i am extremely tensed, as his preschool teachers complains that he doesnt want to try new things.
So, i feel that an assessment might throw some light on how help him.

MadSprocker Sun 03-Apr-16 20:34:08

I am a nursery nurse, and my ds2 was never into arty crafty stuff, and still isn't at 9yrs, it is just his character. Maybe your ds is the same! Chish has mentioned some fab activities.

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