The Children at Lynbrook have been at it again, with Lauren providing us with another example of how simple, everyday objects can be used as learning tools.
Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators
This week in the Toddler 2 room at Pelican Lynbrook the children have been making sensory balloons. They have used flour, salt, rice, sand corn flour, oats, and chickpeas to fill out the balloons. The children talked about how the materials felt before they were put into the balloons and were then involved in putting the various materials into the balloons. This task helped to promote the children’s fine motor skills. The children then had an opportunity to play with the balloons and feel how the materials felt once they were placed inside. The children and educators talked about what the balloons felt like.
This activity helps to develop a range of skills and processes such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity. It also helps to develop the children’s communication skills as they interact with each other and the educators in the room.