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.
Children will create art inspired by Mexican culture that will also serve as an exercise in independence.
CDA Competency Standard: II.8.3a Candidate encourages children to develop a sense of independence. a) Encourages children’s self-help/self-regulation skills while being respectful of family preferences and cultural differences
Read the poem “Little Tortillas” from Tortillitas para Mamá and Other Nursery Rhymes (Bilingual Edition in Spanish and English) by Margot C. Griego.
Put water in each muffin tin and mix a few drops of food coloring in.
Put one tortilla on a plate or similar work surface and invite children to decorate their own tortillas using the colored water and materials. Give them as much independence in this activity as possible. Do not guide the colors or patterns that they choose, but instead allow them the opportunity to decide for themselves.
When children are finished you can bake the tortillas at 325 for 5-10 minutes.
When the tortillas are cooked and cooled you can use a pizza cutter to cut them into triangles and serve them with a healthy dip.
Observe and record children’s independence in this activity. Did the children need little guidance or a lot? How might everyday interactions support continued independence?
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