Ms. Shannin's toddler 2 class had a blast shake painting with pinecones. She taped sheets of paper to the bottom of the bins, had the children pick out their paint colors, put a couple small pinecone in the bin, and showed the toddlers how to shake the bin to spread the paint around. The toddlers had so much fun discovering this new way to create art and they ended up looking so neat!
The purpose of our Young Explorers room is to help ease your child's transition from infant to toddler. During this stage they are so eager to learn and explore but are still learning to walk, talk, and socialize with peers. Our Young Explorer teachers plan their activities with this all in mind. Sensory exploration, like the spider wed sensory bin you see below, helps the children prepare for some of the messier and more advanced sensory bins the toddlers use. Simple art projects, like stamping paper, helps prepare the children for the many, many art activities the toddlers do including, painting, drawing, gluing, etc. The Young Explorer room is constantly working to prepare you child for the wonderful world of toddlerhood!
Ms. Sam's infant 1 class had a blast playing with pumpkins last week. At TLC, we are constantly observing what the children stay most engaged with so we can plan activities that promote engagement and learning. Ms. Sam noticed her children love playing in water and will stay engaged for longer when water is involved, so she created this water pumpkin sensory bin. The children played in the bubbles, cleaning the pumpkins and pouring water in and out of the pumpkins.
The next activity the infant 1 class did with pumpkins was using the lids to stamp paint onto paper. This is a great way for children to discover different way to create and encourage their artistic curiosity.
Mrs. Loretta set up a fun pumpkin smash for her Preschool 1 class. The kids got to poke holes in the pumpkin with golf tees and break it apart with hammers. This created a great opportunity to talk about all the different aspects of the pumpkin, like what color is each layer of a pumpkin, what do the guts feel like, and how many seeds can we find? The kids had a blast while learning along the way!
All children have natural-born artistic curiosity. We love to encourage that curiosity by planning simple art projects for the baby's to experience. The main goal is always sensory exploration which is very important in development throughout childhood.
Check out the photos below to see how much fun our infants had painting mini pumpkins! Our teachers put different colored paints in a ziplocked with the pumpkin and let the children play with the bag and move the paint around until the pumpkins were covered!