GHOST Glitter Tracing

There are many activities children can enjoy that will improve their pre-writing skills. If you visit some of our other tracing activities, you’ll find lots of great information on the importance of pre-writing skills, what they are, and how to develop them.

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Tracing lines is just one way of helping children get ready to write.

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And they don’t even have to pick up a pencil to do it. It’s valuable to start out tracing with fingers because holding a writing tool can be tricky!

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So as part of our ghost theme, your little one participated in an activity that honed their tracing skills. With a few simple materials, we learned about the letters that make up the word GHOST.

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Throughout the week, we talked about the letter G.

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We then discussed the sounds that G made. Following this, we sung a song about the different words that start with G. Lastly, we used flower and glitter to trace G,H,O,S,T!

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Ghost Slime

Sensory activities play a key role in the maturation process of young children.

Activities that require manipulation and touch enable children to heighten the adaptive response through their senses.

They are an integral component in early childhood education.

They not only engage the child, but stimulate cognitive development.

To access this, your young one participated in an activity where they made ghost slime!

Using corn starch, googly eyes, water, and glitter, we manipulated and created various combinations to create the perfect consistency for our goo!

Monster Rocks

For this activity we used several river stones to create monsters!

We have been so enjoying this theme, especially now that Halloween is near.

First, we cleaned the rocks, removing dust and dirt.

Once they were clean and dry we painted them with acrylic colors. We then let the paint dry.

Following this, we worked on the eyes!

We made the eyes with googly eyes, and with much precision, were able to attach them!

Lastly, we used pipe cleaners for their limbs.

Cute monsters everywhere!

We had so much fun that many students wanted to make two!

Monster Slime

From birth through to early childhood, children use their senses to explore and try to make sense of the world around them. They do this by touching, tasting, smelling, seeing, moving and hearing.

Providing opportunities for children to actively use their senses as they explore their world through ‘sensory play’ is crucial to brain development – it helps to build nerve connections in the brain’s pathways.

This leads to a child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks and supports cognitive growth, language development, gross motor skills, social interaction and problem solving skills.

For this activity, we used a few different materials to create monster slime. We first combined glue and saline solution to create the “slime”. This is a malleable substance that appears as a solid when placed on a hard surface and liquidity when it is picked up.

Following this, students added googly eyes and glitter. Lastly, we explored the substance, watching it ooze through our hands as we played with it!

Tactile Monsters

Tactile learning and touch is essential for a child’s growth in physical abilities, cognitive and language skills, and even social and emotional development.

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Touch is not only imperative for short-term advancement with infancy and early childhood sensory experiences, but for long-term development within the child. Many children learn through tactile experiences, especially when they are young.

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If a child struggles to learn through their auditory or with their visual system, they may use their tactile experiences to develop other learning skills. For this activity, your little ones explored the texture of corn starch and water, known as our “gooey monsters” experiment. Students enjoyed placing googly eyes and other manipulatives onto their goo, and experimenting with the different textures!

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One-to-One Bats

Before learning to count,  a child needs to understand one to one correspondence.

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This means being able to match one object to one other object or person. 1:1 correspondence is simply the ability to match each member of one set to the member of an equal set.

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Usually when we think of 1:1 correspondence, we are only thinking of matching one of something to one of something else, but this concept also includes matching two of one thing to two of another thing, or three, or four, or five, or a hundred (and on and on and on). For this activity, we practiced our one-to-one correspondence with bat erasers and numbers.

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Using tweezers, students placed their erasers into an ice tray. Within each cube was a number (1-6). Students were instructed to match their numbers to the correct number of erasers that they were instructed to count out. In addition to one-to-one correspondence, this activity also targeted fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

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Paper Pumpkin Faces

Jack-o-Lanterns can be a great way to explore feelings and emotions with young children.

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During our week of the pumpkin, we created a variety of different jack-o-lanterns.

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We used a variety of items to construct different facial expressions, all the while discussing the different emotional states behind them.

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For this activity specifically, we constructed these expressions using paper pieces.

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Spider Puzzles

Measurement concepts are often a part of children’s interactions. “My dad is bigger,” “I can jump higher,” and “I have more play dough than you!” are common comparisons that children make.

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From the child’s perspective, these statements compare quantity; however, they also provide a nice introduction to measurement. Unfortunately, it is an often neglected content standard in early childhood classrooms.

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Throughout the many projects we do throughout the week, we are constantly measuring, comparing, and contrasting items related to the theme. For this activity, your little one was presented with a problem. They were each given a picture of a spider separated into seven sections.

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These sections were of different sizes and shapes and it was their quest to see how they all fit together! When children work on puzzles, they are actually “putting the pieces together” in more ways than one. Puzzles help children build the skills they need to read, write, solve problems, and coordinate their thoughts and actions—all of which they will use in elementary school and beyond. A puzzle with a picture that has particular interest for a child may help her begin to recognize colors and letters, and come to realize that the sum of parts make up a whole—a concept that will help her with math later on.

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By inserting pieces into the puzzle, children also develop the muscle group used for writing, or the “pincer” grasp. Children can work on puzzles by themselves, without the help of adults or other children. They can also work together on large puzzles and practice compromising and getting along. By inserting pieces into the puzzle, children also develop the muscle group used for writing, or the “pincer” grasp. Children can work on puzzles by themselves, without the help of adults or other children.

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They can also work together on large puzzles and practice compromising and getting along. Because each child must concentrate on the puzzle individually, he experiences a sense of satisfaction as he picks up a piece, rotates it, and discovers the spot in which it fits. Piece by piece, he begins to recognize the picture that the puzzle represents.

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Bat Caves – A STEM Activity

Children learn through experiences, and the earlier they are exposed to STEM-based hands-on learning experiences, the better.

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Engineering activities, by their nature, are an inquiry-based pedagogical strategy that promotes learning across disciplines.

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Engineering curricula introduces students of all ages to everyday applications of science, mathematics, technology and engineering that match their values and view of the world.

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This, and many of our other activities are designed to engage students in hands-on STEM experiences in order to improve their understanding of fundamental concepts in a way that capitalizes upon their design, visualization, creativity and teamwork skills and yearnings.

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For this activity, students were given sand blocks and toothpicks. They were told to construct a bat cave using the materials. After they finished, they teamed up with their friends to create even bigger structures!

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