1. Large mural paper with various sized crayons.
2. Play dough with extruders, pipe cleaners, and popsicle sticks.
3. Sensory bin with dried beans, scoops, clear bottles, and funnels.
Lines, Lines, and more LINES! Our book today, Lines that Wiggle, introduced lines that we see in our world….wavy, curvy, and swirly were just a few of the vocabulary words offered for our budding artists to explore. Armed with crayons and a large area of paper on the floor, children were able to employ both fine and gross motor skills as they drew and described their actions. Moms helped encourage the vocabulary words by demonstrating drawings of the different styles of lines. The children were also given the opportunity to create lines as sculptural forms through homemade play dough. They manipulated an assortment of extruder tools to create many different lines from the dough. J noticed his curvy lines, “looks like a snake” and S added that, “a snake says, hisssss”. The back and forth dialogue among the group is fantastic as they become more aware of their world and their actions! Our sensory bin invited the children to explore dried beans as they poured, scooped, and dumped the beans into clear bottles. These clear bottles were transformed into shaker instruments! W decided he loved the feel of the beans soooo much that he dove right in the bin, “I play in beans, Mama!” C discovered he could use the lid to the bottle as a scoop and loved watching the beans rain down into the bin. Such a lovely class and the kids let me know that they enjoyed their time as no one wanted to leave! Beautiful!