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 Simon Sock by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet*, and we’ve been practising our fine motor skills with this sock matching activity.
Simon Sock is about an odd sock named Simon who, with the help of his friend Ted, tries to find his perfect pair. Ted introduces him to lots of different stripy characters. Can he find his dream partner?
For this activity, I simply gathered up various pairs of socks from different family members, and piled them up in the tuff spot, along with a pile of pegs. The idea was to help the toddler to learn about the concept of pairs, while developing her fine motor skills through the use of pegs to clip the pairs of socks together.
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This activity couldn’t be much simpler. In fact, it took me longer to put the socks away afterwards than it did for me to set up this tuff spot!
The toddler wasn’t particularly fussed about this book. She enjoyed looking at the pictures, but didn’t seem to have much to say about the story. The ten month old bounced up and down and got excited about reading Simon Sock, mainly due to the bright colours and fun illustrations, I think. Personally, I think it’s a nice story about how we don’t have to be the same in order to get along. Perhaps the message was a bit lost on my littles, and would be better suited to slightly older children.
As for the tuff spot, M really enjoyed pairing up the socks and pegging them together. She often raids my peg bag and starts clipping pegs to things (usually the clothes that she’s wearing, or mine!) so I thought this activity would appeal to her. We talked about how there are two items the same in a pair, and she told her daddy all about this fact over dinner. So I think she liked it!
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