Lesson plan developed by Ms. Erika Geelhoed, BA Ed
* Lesson plan objective and assessment can be adapted to use this activity with preschoolers.
Prep for activity by cutting pipe cleaners into one inch pieces and bend them to look like worms. Show the child how to use the clothes pin to pick up a pipe cleaner worm and transfer it to a bowl. Let the child give it a try. As they are working, talk with them about their technique.
Ask them questions such as:
- Observe and record the child’s fine motor skills during the activity.
Note: Please provide appropriate supervision to the children in your care when completing all activities. You will need to decide what types of activities are safe for the children in your care. Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when providing art and sensory experiences for children. Toddlers require special caution, only use non-toxic materials, and do not allow toddlers to put things in their mouths that are a choking hazard.
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Creativity and Imagination in Infants and Toddlers
Starting at about 18 months, toddlers have better hand-eye coordination than they did at a younger age. This is a good time to introduce finger paints (or pudding), crayons and chalk. They can develop their creativity by using paste (water and flour), tearing, cutting and manipulating play dough or shaving cream.
Mix familiarity with novelty to keep these materials interesting. Add toy cars or toy people to the shaving cream. Put out small rolling pins, plastic cutlery and cookie cutters along with the play dough. Stretching the activity by adding to the basic material stretches the imagination as children figure out what can be done with the new additions.