Category: Toddler

Working Through Feelings with Play

Wood takes a rough spill as he tripped on the edge of the sand box as he was running to the wood chips. Cassie the preschool teacher offered to pick him off the ground, and Wood refused her help and laid down a little further over. A preschool student and Henry noticed that Wood was… Read more »

Marble Tracks

In noticing that many of the older children seem ready for more challenging manipulatives and building materials, we offered the marble tracks to small groups of older toddlers this week. The children responded to these new materials with great excitement and curiosity! Many children became quite fixated on keeping track of the exact marble which… Read more »

Birds, birds, birds

Over the past few months, we (teachers) have been inspired by the way in which the unfolding of Spring seems to have sparked a strong interest and curiosity amongst the group for exploring the natural world. Many of the materials and projects we’ve offered over the past few months have served to support and build… Read more »

Fostering dramatic play and exploration…

We have specifically chosen materials, which we hope will support and extend the toddler group’s evolving interest and explorations around dramatic play. Dramatic play is also referred to as symbolic, imaginative, or pretend play. “Dramatic play remains an integral part of the developmental learning process by allowing children to develop skills in such areas as… Read more »

Homemade silly putty!

We made some homemade silly putt on Wednesday! The process was kind of messy but the result was a easily molded clay-like consistency. Here is the recipe: One part corn starch Two parts dish soap Food coloring (optional) We put the food coloring in last and it might have worked better if we dyed the… Read more »

Rose petals and orange peels frozen in ice

This was truly an exploratory experience; inviting creativity, sparking curiosity, and inspiring investigations around the properties of ice! The children found many ways to engage with the materials–smelling, painting, holding in hands, and picking up the ice with various tools. As the children came back to this activity throughout the day, they were continually delighted… Read more »

Ready, set, GO!

The children have created a game together, which they are playing in many different settings.  The game usually involves the phrase, “ready, set, go!,” some sort of simultaneous movement such as running, then gathering back together, waiting, looking back and forth at each other, and naturally taking turns being the one to shout joyously, “ready,… Read more »

Chalk and Water on Black Paper

ChalkWaterBlackPaper

In this experience we worked with chalk and water on black paper. Some chose to pour the water over the paper, others spread it over the chalk using paintbrushes to smear and blur the lines.

Drawing with Sand and Light

We observed children exploring various strategies for creative expression–using one finger, multiple fingers, one hand, two hands, experimenting with small movements and large movements, straight lines, and wiggly lines, circles and spirals. Some words that came to mind as we watched the children interact with this offering: soothing, collaborative, shared canvas, impermanence, large scale, sensory…