Early Childhood Education is about exploration and play. Providing a variety of material and resources for young children, combined with supportive open ended activities and questions, will allow children to use their imaginations. While thinking about how things are and how they could be, they will become the worlds next best problem solvers.
“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.”
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
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.
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
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