The Clip Activity
A new piece of work in the Practical Life area of the Toddler 2 classroom is learning to manipulate small clips onto the edge of a basket. In addition to developing concentration, patience and eye hand coordination, this activity helps to strengthen the child's pincer grip. The pincer grip is essential for later skills in handwriting, and many Toddler classroom activities prepare the child indirectly by offering interesting ways to increase hand and finger strength.
Another new Practical Life activity in the Toddler 2 class is using a sponge to transfer water between two sides of a container. Like many water activities, this material invites children to find deep concentration and absorption as they repeat the exercise many times. This work also develops hand strength, which can be challenging for young children to develop in this age of easy access to smartphones and iPads.
Exploring the Toolbox
The Toddler 2 students were delighted to explore a wooden toolbox in the classroom this week. They invented endless creative ways to use the material, strengthening their problem-solving skills in the process. Most importantly, they often chose to use this work in pairs or small groups, which provided opportunities to practice such valuable skills as sharing, patience and conflict resolution.