Our DIY School at Home

Shapes

I made this by tracing the plastic shapes (got the shapes from a separate toy) onto a paper. I then had the paper laminated and stuck velcro onto each shape and its counterpart on the paper. This is stuck on our door at his eye level.

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Alphabet

With the success of our DIY shapes, I decided to do the same for the letters. Aside from the letters though, I also drew the corresponding picture for each letter (e.g. Apple for the letter A, Ball for B). I was afraid that the letters will be misplaced so I put another velcro board in the middle to hold the letters when they’re not in their proper place.

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Numbers

I initially made the Montessori bead stair for the numbers. I even painted them accordingly and put nail polish for a shiny finish. My efforts proved futile however as he’s more interested in pointing out that they smell bad than learning about it.

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Here’s another try at numbers. I saw this numbers panel being sold in a toy store so I decided to make my own. I cut out the numbers from an eva foam and stuck them onto rectangular foam boards so that they’re hard and durable. I then used buttons to denote the quantity. The colorful numbers seem to catch his attention so that’s a start!

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Practical Life

Picking up Stuffs. I cut out an egg tray to be used as the tray. I then crumpled some paper and used kitchen tongs as the tool to pick them up.

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Busy House. This was supposed to be just a busy board with locks, chains, switches, and stuffs to keep the boy’s hands busy. His grandfather was not contented with just a board though so he made a house to go with it. There are knobs, switches, padlocks, hasps, even a light bulb inside! If the little boy’s not tinkering with the locks or windows, you’d find him hiding inside the house, waiting to play peek-a-boo!

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Others. Our other practical life lessons include transferring items from one container to the other, putting strings in a hole, and pinching clothespins. Image

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