Imaginative play is important for brain development. Creating a mask and pretending to be an animal may spark questions such as, what would this animal do? Where does the animal live? What do they eat?
We made our mask out of a paper plate and string. We colored a face and added a little bit of tulle as grass.
P is for Pig
This activity can be used for any word. "O" for octopus, "F" for fish, etc. Give the children a letter and allow them to be creative with things that start with that letter.
Example: Things to give children while creating with the letter P, pennies, pink, prickly, etc.
This sensory project allows children to feel the soft "wool" as they wrap the yarn around the lamb. This activity also promotes hand movement and muscle growth. Cut out a foam sheep. Allow children to give their sheep an eyeball and its fur.
Fun Paper Plate Projects
Literacy extension to “Owl Moon” by Jane Yolen and for animals, “The Carnival of the Animals" (Book and CD)Jack Prelutsky(Author), Camille Saint-Saens (Creator), Mary GrandPre (Illustrator)
Zoo Animals and Letter Match
The Zoo is filled with animals found in the alphabet! Here is a game to play connecting first sounds with animals in the zoo.
Instructions: Place the animals and letter in two small baskets. Go through each animal and help the child find the first letter sound of the animal’s name.
NOTE: As children become proficient in their understanding of phonetics you can expand knowledge by looking for last letter sounds. Go through each letter card and sound it out.
Have the child choose either a letter or an animal. Place it on the table in front of them. Repeat the first letter in the name of the animal, or the letter on the card.
Support children as they find the animal or letter to match their initial choice of an animal or letter.
Extension: Once children understand and can do this game on their own, have them work in pairs.
My Zoo Book
Paper Plate Giraffe
5 Little Monkeys
Here is Fun Way to Play 5 Little Monkeys!
Alligator Math: Which One is More?
The greater than and less than symbol can be very confusing for young children. An Alligators mouth is a useful tool; to show kids which end of the symbol points the large or small number.
Alligators are big and hungry! His open mouth is like the wide side of the symbol <. When you are super hungry you would rather have a whole plate full of yummy food than just one spoon full. The same goes for the alligator he want the one with the MOST food. So which one would the alligator want to eat?
Our alligator tool was made from craft foam and googly eyes. They could easily be prepared for a whole classroom.