Tuesday, August 20, 2019

365: Fishing Month

August 20 is part of Fishing Month. We are running around like chickens with our heads cut off getting ready for our big Florida trip, but we took the time today to catch some fish. We had a Melissa and Doug fishing game that was in our toy stash, so we pulled it out for the first time today to celebrate the holiday.
In full disclosure, Jude was not feeling it at the beginning. He’s teething and didn’t nap well today, so there was a lot of screaming. Tired and overwhelmed, I pushed forward figuring we would just do it quickly and then I would rock him to sleep and we would move on. 
After a few minutes, Jude seemed to have calmed a little and seemed interested in changing up how we were playing. He wasn’t very good at fishing because it’s a little advanced for his age, but he did really like when I pretended to be a fish. So, I let Jude lead the activity and he spent 30 minutes “hooking” me. I would blub like a fish, and Jude giggled and giggled. I would reward him catching me with a big, wet fish kiss. The whole activity was turned around because I let Jude lead the activity. I am going to make a conscious effort to not give up on activities quickly and instead follow Jude’s lead. 
The second, and much happier, part of our game had a surprising number of educational benefits to it. Jude started mimicking the sound of fish. He worked on his fine motor skills by hooking fish. He worked on his gross motor skills by standing and balancing while he was fishing. It was a lot of fun. I would recommend making sure the rod is clean before you are fished. 

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