Goal: to provide sensory experiences, pouring and measuring
(Depends on if you have a theme or not)
-container (shoe box, plastic box, large baking dish, etc.)
-water, rice, beans, noodles, etc. (choose 1 of the items)
-small toys or other materials
-measuring cups and spoons
-cups and bowls
See video for how to create sensory bins. Get creative based on your child's interests! A favorite is always water and bubbles with measuring cups, bowls, etc.
Remind children NOT to put items in their mouths, ears, noses, etc. and provide supervision.
Goal: express creativity and learn about properties of natural objects
-natural objects found outside (leaves, twigs, acorns, etc.)
-a camera or device to take a photo of your finished work
Watch the video to learn more!
Bakery Pretend Play
Goals: To role-play and pretend, to explore using fine and gross muscles, to demonstrate understanding of literacy and math concepts in real-world scenarios
Materials: (not limited to this list)
-bowls of different sizes
-play food (if avaliable)
-cookbooks or recipes
-play money (even cut paper with numbers on it is fun and meaningful)
-plates, cups, plastic or real silverware (no knives!)
-aprons and pot holders
-anything else fun that you use in the kitchen except for the stove and anything that gets hot
Create a pretend kitchen at home by role playing with your child. Allow him or her to take the lead. See the video for the benefits of pretend play and how to set up pretend play (also called dramatic play).
Goal: Form letters using found objects.
-spoons, forks, small twigs, pencils, etc.
-printout of the alphabet. For example: letters of the alphabet
Using found objeccts, have your child make as many letters as possible. How many letters can he/she make? What are the hardest letters to create? What are the easiest? Can your child spell his/her name?
Salt Letter Tray
Goals: To increase fine motor skills and letter awareness
-shallow pan or lid
-letter cards (store bought or homemade)