Each Friday mornings I run a little 0-4 year old program at the local school. Parents come along with their children for a couple of hours in the morning and participate in activities a little like a supported play group. I have to say it's a lot of fun. I thought I would share with you a sample of the activities we did in our very first session.
The first week I ran the program was right before Mother's day so I choose a necklace making activity. Threading allows children to practise their fine motor shills and hand/eye coordination while enhancing language and cognitive development. My girls made me one each and they are still hanging up in my study.
At another table there was a colour sorting activity. A provided a variety of options for the kids to sort things how they wanted to. I also provided the children with tongs and scooping implements to again further their fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination. Sorting helps children understand things are alike and different which helps them develop maths skills, learn numbers and letters.The fabulous colour cards are a free printable from a little delightful here.
Play dough is such a great activity for kids. It helps build their finger and hand strentgth while extending their creativity and imagination. Since it was Mother's day coming up I provided some flower props for them. The kids created their own flowers with flower beds and could take them home if they wished.
At home time I gave each of the children a welcome gift of play dough and
a cookie cutter for them to take home.
I have to admit it's been a while since I was teaching little kids and I'm still finding my feet again but I sure have missed it. This program has only been running for three sessions now but it's made me remember why I fell in love with teaching in the first place.