Activities and materials encourage children of varying abilities to develop their small muscles
a) Individual fine motor skills are encouraged through a variety of developmentally appropriate materials and activities
large plastic bin
empty water bottles
The Popcorn Book by Tomie dePaola
Prepare for the activity by creating the sensory bin.
Add the popcorn kernels, already popped popcorn, popcorn buckets, cotton balls, empty water bottles, scooping utensils, and tweezers to the large plastic bin.
Read The Popcorn Book with students practicing appropriate reading skills (you can do a picture walk with them, practice prediction skills, and/or practice rhyming with words in the book).
When finished, invite the students to explore the popcorn sensory bin.
During play, you can ask them questions that relate back to the story. **Always monitor children during sensory activities. Discourage them from eating the popcorn out of the sensory bin for sanitary reasons.
Observe and record the student’s small motor skills. Were they able to use the tweezers to pick up the individual kernels? Did they use their fingers to pick up the popcorn and put it in the empty water bottle?Were they able to express connections to the facts presented in the story?
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 and toddlers require special precaution, only use non-toxic materials, and do not allow young children to put things in their mouths that are a choking hazard.
For Future Reference
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