Playing with Ropes

Ropes make for one of the best loose parts’ play in preschool! Watch the next video:

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Creating sensory bags in babies’ class

Babies enjoy playing with small pasta pieces, at the sensory table. However, they thought that the light yellow color of the pasta is a little dull and wanted to change it. But the question was, “how”?

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First, we picked our favorite liquid color and dropped it into little bags, together with the pasta pieces. To have a big success, we dropped a looooot of color!

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Then, we shook the bags. Babies observed that pasta pieces soon started to disappear! Babies tried then to identify the new content of the bags, by using all their senses.

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The colorful pasta bags were magically transformed into our new “sensory bags”! A new toy that we added in our class play equipment.

A toy, made by babies themselves!

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(by Maria Gryllaki, teacher in babies’ class in Athens)

Looking deeper

Drawing with cars is not just a fun activity for babies.

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Looking deeper,  someone realizes that through this activity babies interact one another, gain socialization skills, taste the car, throw it down to listen to the sound, and more….

We teachers, the only think to do is to observe all these different behaviors.

Just by evaluating children’ reaction in any activity, we learn so many thinks.

(by Anastasia Kouroubali, teacher in babies class, in Athens)

Bubbles in the water

Playing with water is babies’ favorite thing to do, especially during their first days in school…

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To make it even better, we tried to add liquid soap into the water. Babies loved it!

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They made waves in the water with their hands and suddenly, lots of bubbles popped up!

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Bubbles we can touch & taste, even bubbles we can dress with!

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(by Anastasia Kouroubali, teacher in babies’ class in Athens)

Marker-cars

Babies enjoy playing with cars or with anything else bearing wheels.

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One day they found in class their favorite toy cars, having markers taped on their bumper! They also found a large paper roll on the table. Kids instantly took the cars and started drawing on paper!

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By doing this, babies enjoyed playing but also improved their finger skills. Now, we maintain a permanent spot for this activity in class and our marker cars are always ready to take action!

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(by Anastasia Kouroubali, teacher in babies’ class in Athens)