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My two littles and I are using the Small World Sensory Science Lessons to learn more about the world around us. Working with sensory bins and activities involving beans, oats, pom-poms, rice, and other sensory materials, we will be exploring such topics as farms, oceans, and ponds.
Using the lesson on Construction, we explored digging and building with trucks, cars, and beans, painting with tire tracks, and sweeping up our mess of lentils and beans.
|Kitchen table set up for exploration.|
I put out a variety of beans on different sized trays and plates and provided them with some toy vehicles and plastic lids and caps to scoop up the beans. My daughter was content for a while just placing the beans in the front end loader as well as picking up any of the beans that fell onto the floor.
We also practiced sweeping with a broom and dust pan since my 4 year old accidentally knocked over the plate of lentils.
My daughter remarked on more than one occasion how 'shiny' the beans were as she played with them. When we were all done, we poured all the beans into a big plastic container for future lessons.
Having the foil down on the tray, made for very easy clean up. I would highly recommend this method. In the future, we will do some of the other activities suggested in the lesson and read books about construction vehicles.