Lately my 4 year old, Lori, has insisted on picking out and putting on her outfits all by herself. Sometimes she actually puts together an outfit that matches and looks half-decent, and sometimes… not so much! As she has gotten older she has become more and more independent. She takes great pride in being able to do things, like getting dressed, completely on her own. But she is still learning and sometimes she gets very frustrated trying to zip up her hoodie or button her pants! It is not always easy for her to ask for help because she is SO determined to get it on her own, but I think I came up with the perfect solution… the ALEX Learn to Dress Kitty!
I figure this way she can have fun playing and improve her skills at the same time. Both the Learn to Dress Kitty and Learn to Dress Monkey have buttons, snaps, zipper, buckles and more for the girls to practice on.
Lori really enjoyed snapping, undoing the buttons, dressing and redressing Kitty. But when it came to tying Kitty’s shoes, Lori still needed some help so we used the One, Two Tie My Shoe to teach her some shoe-tying skills!
First, she laced the string through the holes. Then I taught her how to tie a knot and after many tries she got it! (Mostly, anyway!) She was so proud and I am happy to have the shoes around for her to keep practicing.
After all of her “hard work” (it was fun and games for her), I presented her with a certificate and an award ribbon! You can print them out for free:
She was SO excited to check off all the different ways that she can get dressed by herself and she was super-proud to wear the award ribbon to let everyone know that she got herself dressed! Way to go Lori!
Today’s guest blogger is Shana, a keen crafter, mac & cheese maker, boo-boo kisser and a big kid at heart! After college, she landed her dream job designing toys for ALEX, creating fun products for boys and girls. We’re fortunate to have her share her creative ideas on the ALEX blog!