Over the past few weeks, I have been slowly setting out activities for M to participate in. He recently turned 1, and has been wanting to joining in our learning activities. R and I usually complete most of our learning adventure while M takes his daytime naps, however, M is slowly changing to one nap per day. So, I have found it much easier to get them both busy in order for us to get anything done.
One of the first activities that I set out for R and M was a scooping activity. R scooped the ping pong balls with the big orange spoon into the tissue box. M used his hands, and did try the spoon after seeing R do this. I left this activity out on our toy shelves for the week (I usually swap out their toys on Sunday) and it was used a lot. I had to replace the tissue box several times.
Sadly, the orange spoon did not survive the week, it got stepped on and snapped where the handle becomes the spoon.