Preschool Play with Object Exploration
Last week I was picking up the boys from my parents house and this happened...
My preschooler ran over to the closet and came out with three rolls of paper towels and a box of straws announcing, "Look ma, we made a new game!"
Preschoolers are active explorers in their environment and here is an example of why "loose parts", rather than store bought toys are important too.
"Children play beautifully on their own. They do not need to be taught how to play." -Magda Gerber and Allison Johnson Your Self Confident Baby
My preschooler carefully stacked the paper towel rolls, and stepped up onto the wooden stool. Then, one by one, he dropped the straws into the center of the roll. SO simple, and yet continue reading to see the big idea and the educational benefits behind this creative new "game".
What are the big ideas behind this activity?
"During active exploration of loose parts, infants and toddlers are gaining perceptual-motor skills, or the ability to successfully obtain information through the senses, understand it, and react appropriately." - Loose Parts 2
With this Activity, Preschoolers and Toddlers are also specifically practicing:
- Stacking - Promotes development of scientific thinking
- Hand-eye Coordination
- Understanding of Balance
- Visual Tracking
- Self Engagement
- Perception - using brain and body together to accomplish tasks
- Grasping - Fine Motor for later handwriting strength
Give it a try!
Provide your preschooler with paper towel rolls and straws. Back up and observe what happens. Feel free to tag us on social media! See our Instagram feed here.
Want more observation activities? You will love this one!