Paper Doll Chain

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In a continuing unit onĀ symmetry, today I thought Travis might like to see an old-fashioned paper doll chain. Making it was good fun… but even more so was the interesting way he created to play with it!

First, cut a piece of construction paper into two long rectangles. Travis helped with this part, which was great for scissor practice.

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Fold the paper in half three times. Pencil in a person, making sure the arms and legs extend all the way to the crease.

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I let Travis cut along the straight lines through all those thick layers of paper – even better scissor practice! I helped out on the trickier bits, like around the head.

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Extend the chain of people out and you’ll see perfectly symmetrical dolls! We did a review of what this means to have symmetry, and he understood that they were all the same because of the way we’d folded the paper.

Then to my amusement, the dolls were lined up in battle formation, a little phalanx to join his action figure battle games!

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Banana Talk

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This quick game was an adorable way to play with Veronika at mealtime. It’s about concrete learning on the one hand – vocabulary, taste, texture – but also introduces a playful silliness that your baby can understand now, at eight months old. Banana phones are a classic of a reason!

I came over to Veronika’s tray carrying a banana up to my ear. Hello hello hello? I had a quick chat into the phone, and passed it to her.

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She looked at it in wonder and wanted to grab for it, of course.

Big brother wanted to have a quick turn on the phone call too!

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Next I turned back one edge of the banana peel and let her pull it the rest of the way down. Bananas are the perfect process food!

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She looked amazed as she worked her way around the whole peel – and then of course we broke off bites to eat and share!

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