Lesson plan developed by Ms. Erika Geelhoed, BA Ed
* Lesson plan objective and assessment can be adapted to use this activity with toddlers or preschoolers.
Cut a hole in the top of the watermelon and scoop out the contents. Fill with Kool-Whip and add a few drops of red food coloring to turn the cream pink. Add chocolate chips to represent seeds. **If you are worried about choking you can put in mini-chocolate chips or leave them out entirely**. Place watermelon in an appropriate playing area and invite infant to join you. This would be a great time to talk with the infant and introduce new vocabulary.
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. Infants require special caution, only use non-toxic materials, and do not allow infants to put things in their mouths that are a choking hazard.
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Infants and Toddlers are Learning All The Time!
Infants and toddlers are learning all the time and how to function in our world; they look to adults or older siblings to model their behavior, tone of voice, mannerisms and even language. Their sense of belonging and connections to people around them is important to develop trust and secure attachment which is fundamental at this developmental phase.
At this stage, infants and toddlers are discovering the world with their five senses. They are also discovering what they can do physically with their bodies. Any safe piece of equipment that they can manipulate and that can cause a reaction goes a long way in teaching them that they have the power to do things. Play songs with movement and move with the infants and toddlers who are interested. Trying varying the genres of music and encourage the child to move according to the rhythm or tempo. Try moving like animals or singing while dancing.