Preparing Food – A practical life activity

Toddlers at the the age of observing everything that their parents are doing around the house. They love getting involved and trying these for themselves. Practical life activities refer to those day to day ‘chores’ such as folding clothes, washing dishes, and preparing food. Getting children involved in these activities is a great and fun way of encouraging independence, boosting self-esteem and developing motor skills.

Today the children did a food preparation activity, making use of food cutting shapes and melon. They had a great time with this activity and were very excited to eat the food that they had prepared themselves.

More Hungry Caterpillar

We have been continuing with the Hungry Caterpillar theme, and today we made these little caterpillars eating through a red apple. The aim of this exercise was to reinforce language, work those little finger muscles and get messy. It is a little detailed so I prepared some of the smaller bits at home and then the little ones got stuck in with the gluing and glittering, and sticking in the odd bits and pieces. This is a gorgeous result, and they really enjoyed this project.

Hand Printing

Today we continued with the Hungry Caterpillar. The children did hand print art, which is a great sensory activity. I find that most children starting at the nursery are initially hesitant to get messy and have their hands painted, but after some time they come to enjoy the texture. Exploring new textures is an essential part of sensory integration for young children.

The Hungry Caterpillar

This week we started on the Hungry Caterpillar theme. We started off by looking at pictures of caterpillars, and talking a bit about the life cycle. To reinforce learning of vocabulary and concepts we will be working through this making use of songs and art work.

Our first art project was a leaf painting and print. The children first painted a leaf and then used this to make a leaf print on paper, they then stuck a bean (representing a seed) on to the leaf. After this we then went through the story again, emphasizing where the little egg is found.