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Water Squeeze (Fine motor)

Outdoor water activity (Indoor if you are brave)

Instructions Printer-Friendly

  • Gather two large non-breakable bowls or plastic buckets and a large sponge
  • Reinforcing the letter “W”, fill one bowl with water
  • Ask child to transfer all the water from this bowl into the empty second bowl by allowing the sponge to soak up the water and then squeezing the water into the second bowl
  • Plan on doing this outside or by the sink
  • Adjust size of bowls to size of sponge
  • This is really a fun way of building up hand muscles

Simplify

A small lightweight sponge (cellulose) is easy for young hands to handle.  Adjust the amount of water to transfer between bowls to your child's ability.

Extend

A sturdier sponge that is "natural"  works well for collecting lots of water and stronger hand development. These are found in home improvement and paint supply stores.

Materials

  • 2 non-breakable bowls/buckets
  • 1 sponge
  • water

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Review
  • Color - White
  • Number - Eight, 8
  • Alphabet Letters - W, N
  • Senses - Taste
  • Character Trait - Self-Control
  • Target Words - Good-night, Sweet, Sour, Next

Monthly Proverb

Dutch - A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains

Did You Know?

" Approximately two-thirds of parents surveyed would like information about ways to support children’s early reading and school readiness skills, ways to help children’s social-emotional development and how to use positive discipline." Washington Early Learning System

Books to Read

"Black and White Rabbit’s ABC"
by Alan Baker (Activity 9)

"Goodnight Moon"
by Margaret Wise Brown (Activity 14) (audio book available)

"Cars and Trucks and Things that Go"
by Richard Scarry (Activity 26)

Music Playlist

"Alphabet Medley"
by Sharon, Lois & Bram Album: Sing A to Z (Activity 1)

12 Variations on “Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman” K.265 (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star) Mozart"
by George Szell; Cleveland Orchestra Album: Mozart: Piano Concertos K. 467 & 537; Variations K.265 (Activity 20)

"10 Crunchy Carrots"
by Charlotte Diamond Album: 10 Carrot Diamond (Activity 6)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Singing Time

(Activity 23 Month 10)

I wake up in the morning early 

And always the very first thing  

I poke up my head and I sit up in bed 

And I sing and I sing, and I sing.

 (This poem was memorized and recited each morning in our family.  Use this poem or find your own for your wake-up routine.)