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

Monday, November 26, 2012

Activity Idea: Parachute Tricks

Toddler QuickSource® rminds us that the toddler years are a prime age for building connections within the brain. Language, cognitive skills, social emotional development and physical development are the four areas of focus for toddlers. "Social and emotional development is critical during the toddler years because 18 to 36 months is a prime age for building social connections within the brain. During the toddler developmental stage, children will more fully understand emotions and begin to adjust behaviors to meet the surroundings and social situation. A toddler also becomes very aware of the 'special' responsibility and connection she feels with family members."

Here's an activity called Parachute Tricks that will help children develop gross motor skills and will provide opportunities for children to work together and problem-solve. For this activity, you will need a 6' Brawny Tough Rainbow Parachute, a set of Colored Beanbags, and a set of Foam Balls.

6' Brawny Tough Rainbow Parachute (P6)
Colored Beanbags - set of 12 (CBB)
Foam Balls - set of 6 (FOAMBS)

Let's Get Started:1. A small parachute is a great prop to use with children around the time they reach 3 years old.

2. Have each toddler grasp one of the handles on the small parachute.

3. Tell the children to shake the parachute, raise and lower the parachute.

4. Place beanbags or foam balls on the parachute and let the children discover what happens when they shake the parachute.

5. Point out to the children what happens when they work well together.

If using POCET™, this activity correlates to Developmental Guideline: EE17: Begins to Function in Group Settings with Cooperation.

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