Engaging in small world play is so important for young children.
Not only does it nurture their imagination, it also enables them to explore new materials, act out scenarios from real life, build language, practice social skills and gain an understanding of the world around them.
For this activity, students participated in this kind of play within the scope of our bee theme!
Using several different materials, your little ones enjoyed creating their own environments for their bees.
Many developed stories for their creatures, using their imaginations to concoct various scenarios.
Although most children develop the ability to focus visually and to make fine discriminations in visual images as they grow, some children will take longer to develop these skills and may need some additional help, or additional practice.
Good visual perception is an important skill, especially for school success.
Children need good visual perception to discriminate, copy text accurately, develop visual memory of things observed, develop good eye-hand coordination and integrate visual information while using other senses in order to perform tasks like recognizing the source of a sound, etc.
This activity accessed these pertinent skills.
Using a variety of different colanders, your little ones weaved spiders into a web of string, which targeted their ability to perceive spatial relations.
There are several ways for your little one to practice their fine motor skills. For this activity, your little one used their pincer grasp to help them understand how a spider web works!
Before starting this activity, your little one learned about how a spider builds a web! If you’ve ever seen a new home being built, you know that the workers use wooden boards to frame the house. Instead of boards, spiders produce silk threads to build their webs.
The silk is produced in silk glands with the help of the spider’s spinnerets. Spinnerets are special organs that allow the spider to decide what type of thread it needs for the web. The silk threads can be thick or thin, dry or sticky, beaded or smooth. The threads a spider uses to construct its web begin as liquid, but they dry quickly in the air.
Using string, sticks and play dough, we created our own webs, and then your little ones attached spiders to a web that Miss Carrie made using string and a hula hoop!
A lacework of bees hanging together, leg-to-leg, between the frames of comb is called a “festoon” and the behavior is called “festooning.” The bees hang in sheets within the hive. A festoon is often only one layer thick, and the design is open and airy. Beekeepers have lots of explanations for this behavior. Some say the structure acts like a scaffolding from which the bees build comb, and some say bees can only produce wax from the festooning position. Scientists, however, are much less confident about the function of festooning. Most agree that there is no known function. To help you little ones learn about this concept, we created our own wall of bees!