Lesson plan developed by Ms. Erika Geelhoed, BA Ed
* Lesson plan objective and assessment can be adapted to use this activity with preschoolers.
Prepare for the activity by creating the leaf stamps. Squeeze the toilet paper roll so that it tapers slightly on each end, forming the shape of a leaf. After setting out materials in an appropriate area for creating, show the child how to dip the stamp into the paint and then transfer it onto the paper. Allow students to stamp using the different colors until they tire of the activity. Let the paper dry before placing in the child’s individual portfolio.
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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Sign Language for Babies and Toddlers
Did you know that children who learn sign language from as early as 11 months old, have better language and cognitive development later in life (Acredolo, Goodwyn, and Brown, 2000)? It’s true! Also, children learn a visual language such as American Sign Language similarly to a spoken language, and are capable of learning both simultaneously.
There has been a rising interest in teaching sign language to small children in recent years. Many parents and caregivers teach their children basic signs for common words that are used in daily exchanges. There are several reasons that this may be. Small children are not able to communicate their needs verbally, and often have a high success rate of acquiring and using basic sign language.
Video: Recommended Signs for Babies and Toddlers