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

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Activity Idea: Hand and Toe Pictures

Preschool QuickSource® reminds us that "SCIENCE is the study of the world and how it works. Children are natural scientists and their curiosity leads them to seek answers to questions and make connections. By experimenting, making predictions, exploring, testing observations, and investigating, children learn about the world they live in."

Here's an activity called Hand and Toe Pictures. The goal of this activity is recognizing individual body parts. Before you begin gather your materials: large art paper, washable finger or tempera paint, paint brushes, crayons, markers. For cleanup: soap & water, paper towels.

Let's Begin!

1) Paint the hands and feet of each child. Have the child make a paint imprint on the large art paper with each body part that is painted. (Optional: This activity can be simplified by using only one hand and one foot.). Allow the child to decide where to make the imprints on the paper.

2) Help the children thoroughly wash their hands and feet after making the imprints.

3) Allow the art prints to thoroughly dry.

4) Give each child his/her art print. Using crayons or markers have each child create a picture out of the prints they have made with hands and feet.

If using POCET™, this activity correlates to Developmental Guidelines: SC3: Recognizes Individual Body Parts.

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

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