In the last few weeks, we have been doing lots of gift wrapping. Plus, Z (2.5) has been watching The Wiggles Christmas DVD, and whenever he comes to the part where the elves are wrapping presents, he wants to pause the DVD so he can wrap presents too.
So, without further ado, I handed him our sticky tape dispenser and some recycled wrapping paper. I used some of his nice big toy blocks to let him practice on. It’s actually a wonderful Montessori-inspired practical life activity.
The tape dispenser is quite tricky for a toddler to use and Z still struggles with it. He knows how to hold the tape and pull a little bit at a time, but he has difficulty with the finger strength needed for the tape to cut.
So while I still leave the tape dispenser out for him to practice with, I started pre-tearing small strips of masking tape and taping them to the edge of the table. Somehow, by using masking tape, a new difficulty presented itself — he tends to tape along the seam of the paper instead of over the seam. He gets a little frustrated when he’s finished taping and the wrapper bounces back up.
So we keep practising. I’ve uploaded a short video of him gift wrapping at 2.5 years old.
He is happy as a lark when it works. Here’s a horribly blurry photo, but it shows a genuine smile of pride.