Lesson plan developed by Ms. Erika Geelhoed, BA Ed
* Lesson plan objective and assessment can be adapted to use this activity with preschoolers or school-age children.
Prepare for activity by creating the spider web. Cut strips on the duct tape and hang them (it works best in a doorframe). When finished, show the child how to throw a cotton ball or “fly” at the web and make it stick. Invite students to throw with you. When finished, you can count the number of cotton balls that stuck to the web to practice math skills if desired.
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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The Toddler Teacher's Role
For children in an infant/toddler program, the teacher is the center of their experience. The teacher notices when children are hungry or tired and takes care of them. As children grow and change, the teacher puts materials in the indoor and outdoor environments that introduce new opportunities for exploration and discovery.
When a young infant reaches out to touch another baby, the teacher is nearby—smiling, providing encouragement, and helping the children learn how to be with each other. The teacher is at once a nurturer, a guide, a supporter, an encourager, an observer, a planner, a provider of new experiences, a safe lap, and a listener. The teacher helps the children feel that they are in a place that was made just for them.