We colored on sandpaper this week to explore crayons on a textured surface. Ty liked coloring on something so different, and it led to us exploring the smoothness of his table and the rough feel of the sandpaper.
After seeing a $16 rough and smooth board while browsing Amazon the next day, I decided this would be an easy thing to make on my own to expand upon our sandpaper coloring. I simply used a scrap piece of wood, sanded it down and glued strips of sandpaper to it. We worked on identifying rough and smooth. He's very tactile and enjoys this quite a bit!
Another woodworking project I found a moment to work on was making a ramp. I simply cut a board and glued two dowels to each side to ensure that objects would stay on the board. A couple months ago I was devising plans to make a toy that held several ramps at different angles, then decided that this would spark more creativity and exploration.
This was built just yesterday, but already we've explored by putting cars, planes, blocks, animals, balls and puff-balls down the ramp. We've laid it flat on the floor and had it at all sort of angles, using furniture to prop it up on. We notice the speed differences at each angle and how each different toy goes down. Ty finds the lower, slower angles especially interesting. So much learning for such a simiple toy!
We also have started using this Jr. Ramp Racer from EverEarth. I bought it a couple months ago but Ty had no interest so I put it away until recently. He now enjoys it quite a bit!
These are the contents of an open and close basket that I put together. He didn't care for it at first, then I realized that he couldn't really see the contents of the basket (the basket was much too large) and put the objects in a smaller basket. He immediately went to it and it's become a favorite, even over his jars the past couple days!
We bought this scooter-board for Tyler for Christmas. He enjoys running around with it, pushing it (sometimes giving his safari animals rides), and this week I bought it outside and taught him how to sit and move it forward with his feet. He thought this was pretty neat!
This is Ty on his Kangaroo Climber (highly reccomended). He has always enjoyed pulling himself up the landing to slide down, walking up the slide and using the tunnels underneath, but more and more he's also been climbing on the outside to get in. Better than climbing over the back and sides of the furniture, but he still does that too. :)