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I haven’t shared an entire day of Mother Goose Time lately, so this post is of course a bit overdue. Today was all about Pipes & Plumbers and we definitely had lots of fun learning about both.
We started with the Pipe Sculpture activity. The little guy was so excited to try his hand at engineering, so I gave him straws, tape, pipe cleaners, and scissors to explore. He had a blast.
I’m a huge fan of anything that encourages problem solving skills and this was of course no exception.
We’re not even going to get into how long he spent cutting straws and taping them together. Sometimes I use the Teacher Guide and other times I use the Little Goose Teacher Guide, which simplifies the activities to make them developmentally-appropriate for toddlers.
I usually read each of them and then pick whichever one I think would be a better fit for the little guy. It totally works for us. Little kids do things in their own time and on their own terms.
After that, it was all about Water Play.
I gave the little guy lots of things to demonstrate the idea of clogging and unclogging drains. He experimented with a colander, a straw, and even a dropper.
We added a handful of water beads because I wanted something that was too large to fit through the colander or, for that matter, into the straw or dropper.
I thought it’d be fun to talk about solids and liquids too. You know, because the water takes the shape of whatever container it’s in. There’s nothing wrong with an impromptu science lesson, right? Lol…
We also did the Choke Test activity. If you’ve ever worked in a center-based environment, I’m sure you’re familiar with a choke tube. I used one on a regular basis when I was teaching in the toddler room.
This whole idea is that if it fits in the tube, it’s a choking hazard.
Basically, we got a cardboard tube in our curriculum kit and we tested some toys to find out whether or not they fit. This activity was awesome for learning about big and small and comparing objects.
Talk about a great way to build important math + reasoning skills.
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