Hello from the Kindy 1 classroom! We’ve been staying busy with all our topics for the month of January.
This month in Physical Development we’ve been working on “manipulative” play. “Manipulative” play helps us develop fine motor skills, dexterity and hand-eye coordination.
Kara had fun activities planned for us and we couldn’t wait to see what was in store!
For our first activity we were going to make letters of the alphabet using play dough! It was a great way to use manipulation as well as practice our alphabet.
We had to tear apart the dough, roll, sculpt and mold it to make the different letters.
Kara showed us how to use our hands to roll the dough into long, thin pieces.
We also discovered you could shape the dough by rolling it on the mat!
You all did a great job of shaping the dough into the different letters! “Nice work, everyone!”
For our next “manipulative” play activity. We were going to thread beads to work on our concentration and fine motor development.
We started with yarn and larger style beads so we could make sure we got the hang of it.
“How many different colored beads are on your table, everyone?”
“Four!” “There are black, purple, orange and green beads!”
“Yes, that’s correct.” “There are four colors.” “Great job!”
Kara demonstrated the activity first, then it was our turn to practice. We started by stringing one bead at a time. We were concentrating hard.
We easily got the hang of it and were ready to try stringing two beads at a time. It was a little tricky, but we were able to do it! “Awesome job!”
To practice our “ordinal numbers” Kara would ask us questions like “What color is your “fourth” bead?”
“It’s green.” “Great job!”
We did such a good job with the big beads that Kara gave us some smaller beads and string to give us more of a challenge.
The smaller beads were a little more complicated, but we were up for the challenge!
In no time we were able to string all the beads!
“Great work, everyone!”
Excellent job with “manipulative” play, Kindy 1! You continue to work hard and improve every day. Momoko and I are very proud of you!