Sand Trays and other fun ways to Prewrite!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Some other great activities that can be added for a little diversity give a lot for your money as well. Need an activity to grab using something from around the house, like, now? Go grab a can of shaving cream, spray it onto your table and let them finger trace, draw, and erase to draw again until their little hearts are content. Be careful, it can be a little messy, but it cleans your table at the same time (bonus!), smells fresh and clean, and washes out of clothing. Just a little monitoring required to make sure they don't pretend it is whipped cream and decide to ingest it. The squeals of delight will last for at least 45 minutes. A simple wipe-down with a wet cloth afterward is all you need for cleanup.
Another variation is to put liquid paint (like poster paint) into ziploc baggies (I prefer the ones with the zipper so you know when they are closed), be sure they don't have too much air in them, and let the children draw with their finger on top of the closed bag. Just squish the bag to erase and start again. With supervision, this can also be a great color-mixing exercise. What happens when you mix blue paint and yellow paint in the baggie? The letters turn green! Don't have paint? Shaving cream or whipped cream and a little food coloring works great as well.