Lesson plan developed by Ms. Erika Geelhoed, BA Ed
* Lesson plan objective and assessment can be adapted to use this activity with preschoolers.
- Colored pom poms
- Toilet paper tubes
- Prepare for the activity by painting the cardboard tubes. Allow to dry.
- Tape the tubes onto the wall at child height.
- Place a bucket under the tubes and fill with different colored pom poms
- Introduce the sorting station to the child.
- Observe and record the child’s classification skills when they are participating in the activity. Did they correctly sort the pom poms into the correlating colored tube? Record their fine motor skills as well. Were they able to use the tongs to pick up the pom poms?
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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Keeping Art Safe for Toddlers
Toddlers naturally like to explore and get into things. Keeping them occupied with art activities lets them explore in a more controlled setting and provides valuable parent-child interaction time. Many of the art supplies designed for older children are not safe for toddlers. Since many toddlers still like to explore the world through their mouth, edible and natural materials can be safer, but make sure he doesn't try to eat any supplies that present choking hazards. Always supervise toddlers during art activities, but let them explore and create their own masterpieces. The end result is not as important as the process of creative exploration and sensory awareness.