Parenting win! The Dude has some muscle issues in his hands so it's important to do activities to strngthen them. Playing violin and piano has been amazing - I had no idea he had those issues when he started, but through doing both with him I can actually see which fingers have the farthest way to go and watch him push through the issues because dagnabit, he wants to play Old Pig Donald no matter what. He's so awesome.
Anywho, his teacher gave me this idea and it not only kept him totally occupied for over an hour (and he begged to do it the next day too) but WonderGirl had to get in on it and they played quietly and Thing 3 was sleeping and it was AWESOMESAUCE. Totally simple - I put pony beads into playdough and he had to find them and get them out.
I started with 10 of one color, then added 10 of another color and so on.
He started sorting them by color and counting them up too. That totally sounds like something I should have thought up.
I'd squeeze 'em into a ball and let them go at it. And then take pictures of them looking crazypants. Hislittle fingers were working and squishing and it was beautiful to see. He even wrote his whole name for me the other day - just holding a pencil was insanely difficult for him just a few months ago!
I'm going to take the rest of the day off and pat the heck outta my back.