This year, as we celebrated the holidays, we decorated the Christmas tree all by ourselves. We chose every decoration and made sure every space was covered. It was fun for us to work together, as the close, little family that we have become.
Every so often we become more interested in something particular in the room. We tend to play with it the most, and find different ways to use it. We let our imaginations run wild with that certain something. This time it was our blocks, and we wanted to use them to build places for our animals. Then, we saw how high we could stack them.
Building blocks teach many fundamental skills, such as:
• How to follow directions
• How to sort by shape, size, and color
• How to count
• Fine motor skills
• Hand-eye coordination
• Creativity and use of imagination
• Problem-solving skills
• Sharing, and also individual play
One day we were watching our teacher post our artwork on the wall. We noticed that she was using scissors and tape. So of course our curiosity got to us, and we were wondering how those materials worked. At the same time that we were observing our teacher, she was also observing us.
These observations were shared with the parents of the class, and our class "homework assignment" was to bring in tape for the next week. Each child brought in tape of different colors and textures! The teachers arranged the materials on one of our art tables. It was full of tape and scissors, and we were free to do whatever our hearts desired! Everyday since, we have been learning how to hold the scissors and successfully cut paper and now even tape! Now we have learned another method of making art. We have started cutting certain colors of tape and placing them on paper to make pictures.