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Fine Motor Skills
What you need:
- The Fish Who Could Wish by John Bush
- Small cardboard box
- Paint, markers, or crayons
- Stamps and/or stickers
- Magazines for clipping
What to do:
- Talk about what it means to make a wish. Read a story such as The Fish Who Could Wish, by John Bush, and provide examples of things that children desire, such as a new toy, bicycle, or a special pet. What does your child wish for? Explain that sometimes it's not just about wanting an object, but also about dreams and good outcomes. Wishing inspires hope.
- Ask your child to think of something that his heart desires and to write it down on a piece of paper. He can also draw a picture or dictate his words to you.
- Create a wish box. Decorate the cardboard box with representations of your child's wish, using paint, markers, crayons, stamps, stickers (puffy ones add texture), and/or photos cut from magazines.
- Hunt for special objects and invite your child to pretend they have magical powers. Capture his imagination by creating a story about the object ("Once upon a time, we found a magic rock in our playground ... ").