Discussions Regarding the Preschool Observation Checklist and Evaluation Tool (POCET)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Activity Idea: Sparkling Sensory

Preschoolers need lots of sensory activities. Preschool QuickSource® reminds us that "fine motor activities exercise small muscles. [And] to help children develop their fine motor skills, [we should] create activities that involve hand-eye coordination."

Here's a simple sensory activity that's great for a developing dexterity and control called Sparkling Sensory. Before you start gather your supplies: You'll need colored glitter paint and repositional clear paper.

Let's get started!

1) First, find a clean, smooth surface. (A finger paint tray works well.)

2) Pour the glitter paint on the surface.

3) Cover with repositioning clear paper.

4) Encourage your preschoolers to touch the surface. This is a great tactile experience and a mess-free way for preschoolers to develop fine motor skills.

Futhermore: Smooth out the bubbles in the repositional clear paper, and encourage the children to do the same, further developing their sense of touch and fine motor dexterity.

If using POCET™, this activity correlates to Developmental Guideline: PH2: Begins to Show Fine Motor Dexterity and Control.

For more developmentally-appropriate activities, visit Teacher QuickSource® and browse through all age areas, including Preschool, Kindergarten, Infant & Toddler, and Head Start. Don't forget to explore activities promoting environmental awareness at Environmental QuickSource®, too!

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