Four “Put Me in the Zoo” Learning Activities that Enhance Cognitive and Language Development

As my son is growing older, I am creating educational activities based around his interests. Put Me in the Zoo has been one of his favorite books for some time now; so I created four activities based around the creature that is featured in this book with the purpose of teaching him: 1. to recognize the colors red, blue,…

Activity of the Day: Playing with Chick Peas and a Coke Bottle

Happy happy happy Monday! Today, Paulie strengthened his fine motor, sensory, language and cognitive skills while playing with chick peas and a coke bottle. Fine Motor Development The activity required Paul to pick up one chick pea at a time using his pointer grip. Sensory Development Paulie manipulated the chickpeas by squeezing them, pinching them,…

Activity of the Day: Watering Plants

Good evening and happy Tuesday! Paul’s responsibility to take care of his plants is enhancing his cognitive development, sensory development, gross motor and fine motor development, and language development.  Cognitive Development  This activity teaches Paul that he needs to pick up his watering pot, fill it with water, walk over to the plants, kneel next…

Activity of the Day: Playing with Rice

Good afternoon and happy Thursday! As an early childhood educator, placing rice in the sensory table was always one of my favorite activities to do with the children. For such a simple activity, so much learning can occur so long as it is facilitated =) Today, Paul played with dry rice for the first time,…

Activity of the Day: Making Banana Bread

Happy Tuesday! Today, Paul had so much fun learning through making, tasting, smelling, and exploring all of the ingredients needed for baking Banana bread.  Language Development  The following academic language was used during this activity: add, plus, subtract, minus,  more, less, bigger, larger, smaller, equal, first, second, third, then, last, finally, solid,  liquid, etc The…

Activity of the Day: Making and Manipulating Mud

Happy Sunday! Today, Paul had lots of fun learning through making mud and getting dirty!  Sensory Development  Paul touched and explored the dirt in four phases. First he explored the dirt before we added water; then watched and felt the dirt as it turned into mud as we added the water; then played with the…

Learning Mathematical Concepts through the Manipulation of Blocks

As a early childhood educator, the constructive play area is an essential center in my classroom because it provides children with mathematical learning opportunities through the manipulation of blocks. In this center, children play with abstract geometrical shapes to create a structure using their imagination. During this play, students develop a foundation for spatial reasoning,…

Activity of the Day: Playing with Cantaloupe

Good morning and happy Thursday! Today’s learning activity was learning about cantaloupe; and Paul had so much fun =D Fine Motor Development: Paul picked up seeds with his fingers. He scooped out the innards with a scooper. Sensory Development: He felt the hard, small seeds. He felt the sticky and stringy innards. He felt the cold and…

Activity of the Day: Playing with Snow

Good evening and happy Wednesday! I hope everyone enjoyed that beautiful Nor’easter; whether it was by playing in the snow, snuggling up in your homes, or both =D Paul had so much fun learning about snow =) Sensory Development: He manipulated the snow with his hands and felt that it was cold and fluffy; and…