|I spy.....My next lesson plan!|
Okay, so now that the cold chilly weather is upon us, that means more preschoolers cooped up indoors. And when the going gets tough, the tough to the the party! The party store that is. Party stores have mini trinkets preschoolers have always had a fascination with. By purchasing very inexpensive cake decoration toppers you now have an instant activity kids will return to for hours!
Here is what you'll need:Cake decoration or cupcake toppers
Cardboard box lids
Soft indoor sand
Small stones, twigs, bits of nature
The Scenario: We use lids to give the children a more private experience during rainy days. With all the noise, hustle and bustle throughout the day we often forget kids never really get a private play space. Of course, community sand tables work fine but with specialty toys they are more likely to get broken.
The Set Up: Fill a lid with enough sand to cover the bottom. We set up six preschoolers to a table and it works fine. Usually its best to have the trays prepared and set up. Children sit down and enjoy and socialize. Of course, there are rules to playing this particular activity and we usually set a timer for each turn.
What The Preschoolers Learn:
- Fine Motor Development
- Hand Eye Coordination
- Spacial Awareness
- Gain a sense of time
- Creative Thinking
- Language Development/Social Skills