- Fine motor control
- Hand and eye coordination
- Concentration and problem solving
- Determination and perseverance to accomplish a task
- Colours and patterns
Posted by January 8, 2013 3 Commentson
What the Activity Involves? Threading beads onto pipe cleaners is a fabulous fine motor learning tray activity for toddlers and kids. It is so simple to set up, colourful, engaging and is sure to grab the attention of any child! The Threading Beads Learning Tray involves the child threading beads onto the pipe cleaners. It is a repetitive activity that requires concentration and fine motor control and coordination. What you will need? You will need a tray, pipe cleaners and threading beads that will fit over the pipe cleaners. I cut our pipe cleaners in half to create more and presented them on the tray glass jar with beads in a bowl for easy access and organisation. Tip: To stop the beads threading off the pipe cleaner, we slightly bent one end of the pipe cleaner so it was thicker and prevented the bead coming off. Learning opportunities:
Posted by December 20, 2012 1 Commenton
Imaginative play would have to be one of my most favourite kinds of play. I love how children can freely explore an imaginary world and benefit so much from it. We have been spending a fair bit of time in our garden with the beautiful warm summery weather. As a follow on activity to our Spring Play Dough and to re-enact our time spent in the garden I thought I would set up this invitation to play imaginatively, Planting a Garden. My girls spent hours planting, re-planting, weeding, sprinkling seeds and watering their imaginative play garden. You can find out more about what imaginative play is and how to encourage it with kids by following the link: What is Imaginative Play and How to Encourage it? What you will need? We have re-used our Fake Flowers from our Create a Scented Spring Play Dough Garden Activity and the Styrofoam is recycled from a cardboard box from a parcel we received. To create an imaginative play garden, you press the firm wire stems from the fake flowers into the Styrofoam. Miss 2 had no trouble pressing them into the Styrofoam but if this is of a concern, you can always pre-make some holes for your child to place the flower stems into. This activity is such a wonderful way to also practice those fine motor skills! For older kids, such as my Miss 5 and 6, they created flower garden patterns, alternating certain flowers to create patterns of colours and flower types. Miss 2 pretending to water her garden that she created with the Styrofoam and fake flowers. She was also making swishing sounds to go with the watering, priceless! The magic of imaginative play….. Miss 2 sprinkling her garden with flower seeds from a small container and Miss 5 watering them into the ground. Learning Benefits of Imaginative Play:
- It provides opportunities for children to identify with the adult world. Practise and role play their understanding and interpretation.
- Develop social skills: practising negotiation skills, turn taking and sharing. Provides opportunities for working out problems and experimenting with solutions.
- Emotional development: Understanding and expressing their feelings through the re-enactment of certain experiences. Taking on roles that encourage discipline and empathy.
- Encourages imagination: Children can be anyone and do anything in the pretend world.
- Develop language skills: practising listening, looking and talking. Being spoken to and talking with other people, also developing an understanding of what is being communicated through body language such as smiles and nodding.
- I also believe that imaginative play is a great way for children to relax and unwind from their busy lives.
Posted by June 5, 2012 29 Commentson
Why would you need crayons, textas, pencils and paper to draw when you can have more fun with a Rainbow Salt Tray! Draw pictures, create patterns and practise writing your name with this simple to make Rainbow Salt Tray. The greatest thing about a Rainbow Salt Tray is that it is cheap to set up, educational, you will find all the items around the home and it will entertain the littlies for hours! A Rainbow Salt Tray is a great activity for kids of all ages, my 22 month old had a go and my 6 year old also had a play. I just adapted and encouraged some ideas for them to try as they played. What you will need? You will need 5 basic things to create your very own Rainbow Salt Tray: about 100g cooking salt, sticky tape, coloured paper, a tray (see below for some ideas) and a paint brush.
- Cut the paper to fit and cover the base of the tray in order of the colours of a rainbow.
- Place sticky tape over the joins of the paper to avoid the salt moving underneath the coloured paper.
- Cover the paper lightly with salt.
- The lid to a plastic tub or container.
- A cardboard box with the side cut down to size if needed.
- A medium to large plastic container that has low sides.
- Fine Motor Development – Pre-writing skills
- Hand-Eye Coordination
- Cause and Effect
- Spatial awareness – experimenting with shape and space
Eye spy with my little eye, I spot other great salt tray activities around the web!Laughing Kids Learn - Salt Drawing or Writing Teach Preschool - Feather Tip Salt Tray Writing Thanks so much for visiting! xx