Thursday, May 24, 2012

Literacy/Sensory Theme Boxes

Literacy/Sensory Theme Boxes

Popular children’s finger plays and stories are used as a base to create theme boxes.
Theme boxes contain activities to encourage development of skills through sensory play, enhancing the five senses:
Hear, See, Smell, Taste, and Touch

Each theme box contains activities to be implemented and enhance curriculum.

 Previous posts contain information on creating the following four literacy/sensory theme boxes.
5 Little Ducks
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Old MacDonald had a Farm

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Young Children learn through their Five Senses

What is Sensory Play?
“Sensory play is currently seen as one of the key areas of play for babies and young children and is a crucial part of their development.  Sensory play is play that involves the use of one or more of the five senses, touch, sight, smell, taste and hearing.
Elaine Lambe 

Literacy/Sensory Theme Box - Old MacDonald has a Farm

Kit contains:
nBook – Old Macdonald had a farm
nBook – Peek – a – Boo Mama!
nBook – Oh Look!  By Patricia Polacco
nPaint and paint brushes
nPlastic/rubber farm animals, barn, tractor
nPlay dough
nPuppets and masks
nSmall bags
nWater bottles

Book and CD Activities:

nRead books in small and large group settings.
nListen to CD – Old MacDonald had a Farm and We’re on our way to Grandpa’s Farm – with felt board pictures and plastic farm animals.
nSing song – Old MacDonald had a Farm with animal props on sticks or plastic/rubber farm animals.

Fine Motor Activities:

nScented Play dough – form animal shapes out of play dough
Straw with animals
fill & dump with small bags or containers
Cut straw with child safe scissors
Gross Motor Activities:
nAnimal walk – move and make sounds like farm animals – include puppets and masks.
Floor play – plastic/rubber farm animals with barn or box and tractor/trucks.
Creative Art Activities:
Animal foot prints – stamping animals in finger paint on paper
Pigs in the mud – dirt and water in sensory table or container. Water bottle to create mud. Paint pig shapes with mud and brush.
Development and Learning Areas:
5 Senses – hear, see, smell, touch
Cognitive – listening/thinking skills, colors, shapes, sizes, prepositions
Motor – fine motor strength, hand/eye coordination, large muscle balance, coordination and strength
Language – increase knowledge and vocabulary of animal names and sounds, prepositions,
Social/Emotional – attachment, initiative, self regulation, sharing, self help

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Itsy Bitsy Spider - Literacy/Sensory Theme Box

Kit Contains:

Book – Itsy Bitsy Spider and There’s a Spider on the Floor.

Rubber & plastic spiders

Sing-along CD – Raffi
Pictures of Spiders – various sizes
Clear Contact Paper
Buckets for fill – n – dump and sorting.

Book – The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
Books and Activities:

Book - Itsy Bitsy Spider – read and sing
nBook – The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

nMusic CD – Itsy Bitsy Spider with spider pictures on felt board.

Music Cd - There’s a spider on the floor with rubber/plastic spiders
Motor Activities:  
Itsy Bitsy Spider Finger Play – Sing and do motions.

Revise finger play words – “the great big spider” and the teeny weenie spider.

Contact paper on floor – sticky side up for walking and touching. Put spider pictures under contact paper.

Paper plate with yarn – cut slits around plate and tape yarn to back of plate. Wrap yarn around plate to create web.
Sorting Activities:   
Buckets to carry and “capture” spiders – fill and dump.

Different size buckets and spiders for sorting – little and big spiders. 
Touch and See - Sensory Activities:
Plastic/rubber spiders with shaving cream

Sensory bottles- sand and spiders

Spiders in sand – sensory table or container
Art Activity:  
Finger painting with scented bath tub paints on trays with plastic spiders.

Sensory table with water – after painting on trays – put hands and spiders in water to color water and create bubbles.  
Development and Learning Areas:
5 Senses – hear, see, smell, touch
nCognitive – listening and thinking skills, sizes, prepositions, body parts
Language – vocabulary increase, rhyming, prepositions, word/picture association
Motor – finger/hand strength, hand/eye coordination, large motor strength, balance and coordination
Social/Emotional – initiative, attachment, self regulation, sharing, self help

Bubbles - Literacy/Sensory Theme Box


nKit Contains:

Sesame Street Bubble Book

nBubble machine

nWords to bubble finger play

nBubbles – scented/colored

nWater play materials – scoops, nets, bubble bath

nBubble wrap
Finger paint and finger paint paper
Book & Song Activities:

Read books and sing finger play song. Blow bubbles with wands and bubble machine.

nBook – Sesame Street - Bubbles

nSong/Movement – Let’s blow a bubble

Books – Bubble, Bubble and Pony takes a Bath
Bubble Songs:
Song 1
Let’s blow a bubble, it isn’t any trouble
Watch it float up to the top and then go pop!
Bubble, Bubble, Bubble, POP!
Bubble, Bubble, Bubble, POP!

Song 2                    
Catch a bubble in your hand, in your hand
Catch a bubble on your head, on your head
Catch a bubble on your nose, on your nose
Stomp a bubble with your foot, with your foot
(If you’re happy and you know it)
Bubble Activities:    
Blow bubbles with various size wands for children to catch, pop, stomp.
Sing bubble song as children catch the bubbles.
Children blow bubbles with individual bubble containers.
Bubble machine
Scented and Colored bubbles used.
Bubble Water Play:
nBubble bath used to create colored and scented bubbles in sensory table or container. Wash baby dolls, animals, car wash.

nChildren use nets and scoops to scoop and dump water and bubbles.

Water wheel 
Art Activities:

nBubble Wrap painting with finger paint.

nPress finger painting paper on bubble wrap to create designs.

nCreate new colors by combining colors on bubble wrap.
red + yellow = orange 
blue + yellow = green
red + blue = purple
Motor Activites:

Tape bubble wrap to floor.

nWalk on bubble wrap and pop bubbles with feet – with or without shoes. 

Push and pop bubbles with hands.
Roll across the bubbles with your whole body.  
Development and Learning Areas:
5 Senses – hear, see, smell, touch
Cognitive – listening/thinking skills, prepositions, body parts, colors, sizes
Language – rhyming, prepositions, vocabulary increase, word/item association.
Motor – small and large muscle strength, hand/eye coordination.
Social/Emotional – small and large group activities promote development of initiative, attachment and self regulation, increase use of verbal and self help skills.