What’s the big idea? DISCOVERY
What was the best discovery you ever made?
- Gather small filler items (kernels, rice, etc.), see-through bags, and small objects to discover.
- Place filler items in a see-through bag.
- Discuss and name each small object the child will have to discover.
- Place the small objects into the bag.
- Call out an object and have the child discover where it is.
Variation: Have duplicates of each small object to discover. Place one set in an empty bag to look at for a reference.
What’s the big idea? GROSS MOTOR SKILLS
What designs can you make with painted marbles?
- Gather marbles, paint, small bowls, paper, and plastic bin.
- Pour different colored paint into separate bowls.
- Add marbles to each bowl of paint.
- Place clean paper into the bottom of the plastic bin.
- Next, place painted marbles into bin.
- Move the bin around so that the marbles paint straight and wavy lines.
- Place paint directly in bin and roll marbles around.
- Paint with one marble and draw a unique design.
What’s the big idea? REPLICATION
Why is replication (repeating someone else) important?
- Gather building materials.
- Start by building simple and recognizable structures.
- Have the child replicate the structures.
- Begin to build more difficult structures that are multicolored and stacked high.
Variation: Build a structure and cover it. See if the child can replicate the structure from memory.
What’s the big idea? MAPS
How does a map show you where to find treasure?
- Gather a treasure map, obstacle course, and treasure.
- Use a treasure map to lay out an obstacle course.
- Place treasure under the X.
- Allow the child to use the map to find the treasure.
Variation: Have the child complete the treasure hunt different ways (on one foot, backwards, one eye closed, etc.)
What’s the big idea? MATERIALS
What can you make with spaghetti – other than dinner?
- Gather uncooked spaghetti and an imagination.
- Try breaking the spaghetti into small and then smaller parts.
- Arrange the spaghetti into letters, shapes, objects, or anything you want!
- Someone tells you something to make and you try to make it.
- You can also mix dry and cooked spaghetti together.
What’s the big idea? SENSORY PLAY
As you play with the rice can you…
Draw a number? Create a picture? Show me a shape?
- Gather rice (visit Rice It Up for how to color it) and baking sheet.
- Place rice on a baking sheet or in a sensory bin to let the child experience the texture.
- Guide the child through exploring his/her numbers, shapes, or even hidden objects.
- It is equally important to have the child participate during clean-up time.
- S/he may wish to use a funnel, spoon, or even hands to get the rice back into its container.