The Theme for the week is Ready to Learn, with a sub-theme of Learning Together.
This week I will be focusing our time on developing fine motor skills. I planned on using only droppers for this week’s activities, as they help with muscle control. Day two, our activity focused on picking up and releasing liquid. Day three I wanted to focus on finding a smaller but defined target.
This salt name activity takes some prep work, but the payoff on hand muscle control is worth it. I prepped this work the night before, if you are using gel food coloring then I would prep that as well.
Materials for prep:
- Watercolor paper
I used gel food coloring so I prepped that as well. I used 3 cups per child
Squeeze some gel food coloring at the bottom of each cup.
Fill each cup with water and let sit overnight.
- Cut the paper into strips long and wide enough to fit a name.
- Use the glue to write a name on the strip.
- Pour the salt over the name to cover all the glue.
- Pour off excess salt and repeat for all names
- Let dry overnight.
Materials for activity:
- Colored water
- Salt name sheets
- Trays to contain the mess
How I presented the activity:
- I placed a salt name and a dropper in a tray, per student.
- We discussed yesterday’s activity and the current activity that was in front of them.
- I let them explore and work on the activity.
- I joined them and began to work on my name.
What I observed.
With no real direction, they were fine to just drop the colors on the paper with no real intentions, other than seeing the colors blend. Once I sat down and started to work on mines with them they began to observe me and mimic what they saw me doing. I also noticed that they were able to control the droppers better in how they directed them, and how much liquid they gathered.
What would I do differently?
I will try smaller droppers next time, create more than one name stip per student, create a sample activity first for them to reference and try and recreate.