Saturday, 8 June 2013

Construction Theme - Kid's Activities

 Yesterday I used the 'Construction' theme for the day's activities.

'Dirt' play dough is so easy to make I just replaced some of the flour with cocoa powder. 
The smell did make me crave chocolate though! I might try using a little less cocoa next time.

Muddy Tyre printing was fun! Just some brown paint and some trucks I found cheap. 
Kmart has some for about $3 each.I chose big trucks for the best size tyre prints. You can just use cars too.

A gorgeous mum who volunteers every week to help me out bought in her tap tap (or hammer & hit) set for the kids to play with too. These sets are so fabulous for developing the kid's fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination. Think we might get a couple of these sets for the group as they were quite popular.

I set up a couple of sensory tubs on a table for the kids too. I provided safety helmets for them too. Sensory tubs are great for kids as learning and retention is higher when more senses are engaged.In this sensory tub is a mix of split peas and rolled oats.

 They did make quite a mess but the learning and fun far outweighed the clean-up we had to do.

I set up a table with some 'painting with water' pages. I found the perfect book of them at Woolworths for just $2. I chose this specifically to show parents an example of painting they can do at home with their kids if they are too scared of the mess that 'real' painting can create.

I love my job!

Friday's Learning Experiences for Kids: Shapes

For the next week of our Friday Program we focused on Shapes. 
Here's a little of what we did ...

 At the play dough table we had play dough shape cutter that I found in a big cookie cutter box at Coles and these fabulous shape mats from here that printed and laminated.

Kids were encouraged to make shapes using play dough cutter or roll long snakes to make shapes on the mats. Lots and lots of colour and shape talk while the kids were working on their fine, motor skills manipulating all that play dough.

On another table was some glue collage using different shapes cut from paper. 

 I was thinking the kids might make things using the shapes but they were having much more fun gluing them randomly. Here are some of the kids pieces ..

I put this great Melissa & Doug pattern block set out on a table too.

There were popsticks with velcro for shape making on a table too 

as well as shape printing using paper towel rolls bent into different shapes that I found here.

This is the book we read just before home time. It's a favourite of mine from my very first years of teaching many many moons ago.

Help your kids learn about shapes in their everyday life by looking around. What shape is the cereal box? your bowl? your plate? your window? Shapes are everywhere and learning doesn't always have to feel like learning just throw it into your everyday chatting. 

 So why do these types of activities if your child already knows their shape names. Well the learning about shapes doesn't stop there. What's the same and different about squares and rectangles? Talk to your kids about how many sides, what types of sides (round, straight, long, short. If your older kids what to play with their younger siblings that's great too because you could talk about angles of shapes too! Start with simple comparing of angles (bigger, smaller) then introduce names. I love activities that can be adapted to suit all ages and stages of kids and their learning.
Check out our first week's activities here
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