Move to Learn,Play to Grow”
Little Skittles morning is not complete without a body movement activity.Young children can benefit from varied movement activities which may involve stetching,bending,twisting as well as dancing and playing.Memory and movement are linked and the body is the tool of learning.
Equiped with Pom poms and other musical instruments,they started their day with a dance exercise,moved and swayed rhythmically to the music” Listen and Move”.This activity optimized their early brain and motor development .
“Don’t bore them. Keep them engaged”
By nature, young children are wiggly and fidgety and have difficulty sustaining attention for long periods of time.Keeping them engaged
is an ice breaking tool to keep them focused.The fun and excitement of spinning challenged the little Skittles .Their creative little hands worked on a spin-art-streamers using water paint,coffee filters and salad spinner.As they reaped the fruit of their creativeness,children appreciated the beauty of their art works.
Before the day ended,an advance presentation of the lesson about dinosaur’s fossils was introduced.Each child was directed to put dinosaur toys in a square container and filled it with water and freeze it overnight.This science activity allowed each child learner to investigate as the conclusion will be presented on the next day.
As a culminating activity,children did some Lego construction which they have integrated into pretend play scenarios. Playing with LEGO provides an understanding of spatial awareness, promotes a sense of creativity, and teaches mathematical concepts of symmetry, shape and geometry.
Children learn so much more through LEGO play because there is no fear of failures.
When I think of summer I think of watermelon! The little Pollys make their own creations by using the watermelon and wooden craft sticks. Some enjoyed building towers while the others enjoyed eating the fruit.Watermelon activities involve hands-on learning, sensory exploration, art and fun.The sweet smell along with the beautiful pink and green color makes a watermelon an especially inviting fruit to taste, create, and hold. Along with providing a healthy dose of vitamins A and C, watermelon is the perfect fruit to help your young learner develop his fine motor skills, number sense, and color and shape recognition. Combining nutrition and art is a great way to get your child eating healthy and having fun at the same time.
Watermelon Paper Plates Crafts
Paper plates crafts are great as they can be done by kids of all ages and most of us usually have a spare paper plates in the house all the time. This crafty activity is fun to make and can be used in pretend play, learning about fruits. The kids start coloring the bottom side of paper plates green and the middle part red. Once it dries, they put the seed on the red parts. The little polly’s enjoyed making the watermelon craft today with full excitement.
Mouse Hole Roll!
We cut the flaps off of the top of the box to make it easier to roll a ball through. We cut two “mouse” holes in one side of the box. The kids had a great time trying to roll their golf balls into the holes. Kids were able to breeze through the whole thing, including scoring and the joy that comes after that. Kids learn to take turns and wait patiently. They learn to compromise “okay this time you can have the points, but next time I will.”
Sensory messy play!
Hands-on activities like this provide opportunities for children to compare textures such as smooth, rough, hard and soft while respecting each other’s personal space. Kids felt how soft it was and said it was like ice cream. This also gave them the opportunity for communication and improvement of literate skills.
An Awesome day today…