More "Terrific Tools" with Miss Amanda

By: Angelina Petano

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Last week we introduced some of our curriculum fun for "Terrific Tools" (see post here). This week we continued the excitement and exploration by learning all about tools that are found indoors. Tools can be found while we are eating, cooking, creating and for personal care.
When washing hands, allow children to experience both liquid and bar soap. Lots of great language can come out of this experience. Talk to the children about which soap smells better, which one makes more bubbles, or even which one is more fun to use. This is also a good time to practice good hand-washing techniques. You can even sing a song while washing hands to the tune of "Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush" and say


DSC_0903This is the way we wash our hands,
Wash our hands, wash our hands
This is the way we wash our hands,
Now they are all clean​.


DSC_0909Adding spoons to the sand table gives children a tool they don't typically use while in this area. Children can use one spoon or create a collection. The children can draw in the sand, or fill and dump containers with sand. ​


DSC_0911​Using spoons in unusual ways is fun for children. Why not use them as painting tools? The children can allow the paint to drip off the spoon or they can use it as their paintbrush. You could use construction paper or try a paper plate. Display this artwork around the room!​
DSC_0915​Babies require tools as well. During this activity, the children used a baby bottle as a tool to pretend to feed the baby doll. We were also able to practice safe ways of holding a baby and how the milk in the bottle helps the baby grow up big and strong! ​
DSC_0921​You can also allow creative expression with bar soap. Let the children bear down hard and draw lightly. If the soap breaks, then there are new shapes of soap to design with! Keep children's allergies in mind and, if needed, provide non-scented soap.​


DSC_0941Dancing with washcloths is a creative way to get children up and moving. Turn on music for the children to move with and see the unique ways they all use their washcloth. Some might wave them in the air and some might throw them up. Some might twirl them around or put them on their head. As the teacher, you could show the children various ways they could dance as well. There might be some shy ones in your group that just need that little boost of confidence that it is okay to move in the way they choose!​

DSC_0960 (1)Our special guest this week was a volunteer parent from our classroom that works at a local dentist office. Get to know your parents well and learn what they do for a living. There are some parents that would love to come and share with your class some of the fun things they get to do each day. This parent brought in the special tools used when the children come into her office to have their teeth cleaned. She also had a puppet donkey with her to model for the children how to brush and floss each day. All the children went home with a goody bag as well which was a hit!


Miss Amanda

teacher_1988Miss Amanda is one of our Twos teachers from school #246 in Clayton, NC. She has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and Paralegal Technology. She is wrapping up her Bachelors Degree in Early Care and Education. Amanda has over 9 years of experience working with children. Knowing that she is helping wire young minds for the future and setting the foundation for learning is her biggest reward. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, cooking, and spending time with her family.

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