Preschool children enjoy using both large and fine motor skills in their play, so we are constantly looking for new ways to integrate them into our curriculum!
This activity involved two components. First, during project time, we set up an area where the children could pretend to be a car wash.
Our water table contained soap and water and each child was given a brush. This activity targeted the social-emotional developmental domain. It did this by promoting sharing and cooperation as as the children worked together washing the cars.
The second portion of this activity involved a dramatic play/gross motor component. Using fabric hanging from poles as our runway, we took turns cleaning ourselves off! One child played the gas attendant (who took the money), one played the drier (situated at the end of the course), and several played customers. Everyone crawled through the car wash, cheering on their friends!