Activity: St. Patrick’s Sensory Box
Goal: To help the kids explore with their hands.
Materials and processes: Green rice or green sand, spoons, green plastic/glass gems, foam shamrocks, gold coins, mini cauldrons, a rainbow, and a few magnifying glasses.
Teaching Strategies: Use the rice or sand to hide the objects, with the spoons and magnifying glasses have the kids look for the leprechaun’s gold, or find four leaf clovers.
Developmentally Appropriate: This activity is appropriate for 5-year-olds it helps children learn manage their emotions, touch with the senses and teaches cooperation and conflict resolution.
Language and Literacy
Goal: To help children to express themselves verbally, develop language skills, and learning through rhyme, repetition, and recognition.
Materials and processes: “The Foot Book” by Dr. Suess
Teaching Strategies: Read the story “The Foot Book” to the children every day for a week. On the first day read the story in its entirety, afterward ask the children open-ended questions about the story. On the second day re-read the story in its entirety, when you finish show the children the pictures and have them retell the story based on the pictures they see. On the third day read a few sentences then stop and have the kids tell the next few sentences, taking turns between the teacher and the children. On the fourth day the teacher reads a word or two then stops allowing the kids to finish the sentence, alternating again between teacher and students. On the fifth day the teacher is to only turn the pages as the students tell the story.
Developmentally Appropriate: This activity is appropriate for 5-year-olds because it helps the children express themselves verbally and use their language skills to retell the story.
Activity: Salt Painting
Goal: To help children explore through art.
Materials and processes: Table salt, white glue, water, various colors of food coloring, paint brushes, several containers for mixing, and construction paper or cardstock
Teaching Strategies: Allow the kids to draw a picture or simply make patterns and shapes on their paper. Have the students pour table salt over the glue. Be generous. Once they’ve covered all the glue with salt, lift up the page and shake off the excess salt. In the container mix the water the food coloring, let the kids paint over the salt with the colored water.
Developmentally Appropriate: This activity is appropriate for 4-year-olds because it builds on knowledge of basic art techniques and allows them to experience change.
Activity: Cutting play dough
Goal: To help the children develop the small muscles in their hands and fingers.
Materials and processes: Right and left handed, plastic and metal scissors and ample containers of play dough
Teaching Strategies: Allow the children to cut the play dough with the scissors.ce several different types of scissors our for the children to use
Developmentally Appropriate: This activity is appropriate for 3-year-olds because it helps the children develop muscles in their hands that will be needed for future self-help and writing skills.
Activity: Jumping and Balancing
Goal: To help children develop large motor skills by using the large parts of their body.
Materials: Duct tape. Use the duct tape to make a ladder on the hard ground
Teaching Strategies: Have the children take turn pretending to climb the ladder while on their hands and feet, one at a time like an obstacle course. Then they take turn jumping from one ladder run to the next, they can also can jump from runner...
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