Unexpected Find = Fun, Engaging Activity I was wandering through the aisles of my teacher supply store and saw a package of these droppers in the science section. I thought that they would be great to introduce a little bit of experimentation while also building his grasping skills. My Obstacle Course Station Activity: Experimenting with Color When teaching kindergarten I always loved teaching about the primary colors (red, yellow and blue) and how to use them to make the … [Read more...] about Droppers
Two of my favorite items to use when making My Obstacle Course stations are colored index cards and stickers. I love how they make things colorful and bright while also allowing me to change up the theme easily with stickers. Building Math Skills Before setting up My Obstacle Courses, I always think about what skills Andrew needs to build and how I can incorporate them in a fun way. Early on, I was thinking of the math skills he needed and was trying to find out more about what he knew. … [Read more...] about Sticker Cards
Math was one of my favorite subjects to teach and is something that I find easy to incorporate into My Obstacle Courses with Andrew. One of my favorite station activities is graphing. This one activity builds many different skills - sorting (visual discrimination), arranging (fine motor skill), counting (math), and answering questions using the graph (problem solving). We have made graphs with all sorts of different things and when I found these mini-cutouts I knew they would not … [Read more...] about Winter Themed Graph
I am in the process of gathering and creating materials for Andrew's Obstacle Courses this month and am going to share one of his favorite station activities, memory match. This was one of my first posts but feel it's worth revisiting because I have had many new visitors since then. (Click here to view the original detailed Memory Match post.) Creating Your Own Thematic Memory Match Game This game is really easy to make and as I was shopping for the holidays, I noticed all sorts of character … [Read more...] about Winter Themed Memory Match
It seemed like every year Christmas would come, I would go out, search for toys and find some that I thought would be fabulous for Andrew. I tended to choose pretty basic things that had lots of possibility in my mind to build his pretend play skills. He would open the toys and they would get set aside with all of his attention turned to the toys with on/off switches, music and lights. My choices couldn’t compete but that was fine, I figured we had a whole week in the house together. During … [Read more...] about New Toys Not Played With…Now What?
Years before I had Andrew, I was a teacher. I taught kindergarten for 4 years and loved it! I loved it because of the emphasis on play and discovery when given common household items, such as buttons. One year I requested that families send in any unused buttons that they may have lying around their drawers or sewing kits. I filled half of a shoebox with a marvelous collection of buttons. The children would have a ball playing with and sorting the buttons. They were encouraged to find new … [Read more...] about Button Sorting