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Welcome back to Pondering Playtime, my fortnightly series where I share a favourite picture book and a craft or play activity to go with it. This week, I’ve chosen *
Aliens Love Underpants is a funny story of how aliens come down to Earth and play with your underpants while they’re hanging on the washing line. There’s not really much of a plot to speak of, but it will make you chuckle!
Having just had a baby, I wanted something exceptionally easy to set up to keep M busy for a little while. We’d borrowed a copy of Aliens Love Underpants from the library and M really enjoyed it. So, I printed off a few outlines of underpants that I’d found online, took my sticker stash out of the cupboard and let her loose! Obviously I made one myself too, so that M could get the idea.
This activity is great for fine motor skills and colour recognition, as you can chat about the different colours while you’re creating your underpants! You could also use it to develop understanding of repeating patterns and colour sequences (for example, the dotty waistband on my design could be red blue green, red blue green and so on. You could then extend it further to red circle, blue star, green flower etc).
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M really enjoyed Aliens Love Underpants, pointing out the dog in the pictures and saying, “woof!” and giggling at the aliens and their underpant-related antics. I can’t really fault this activity as it pretty much required zero preparation and input from me. M really enjoyed it and it’s great for developing her fine motor skills as many of the stickers are quite fiddly to pull off the sheets or remove the backing. A nice simple activity to keep your toddler busy!
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