At momstown Milton we are not afraid to play with our food, in fact we encourage it!
Cool Whip Painting
This activity is a great way for children to work on their fine motor and large motor abilities while using their imagination!
Non-toxic paint (won't stain)
Muffin tin or any containers
Divide up the cool whip into different containers
Add non-toxic paint to make different colours
Tape down the wax paper so it doesn’t move
Give the brushes to the children and let them paint whatever they please
They will be working on their gross motor skills by using large arm movements and fine motor skills by holding the pencil (pincer grasp).
Pincer Grasp – Child uses only the thumb and index finger to hold and manipulate small objects. With a pincer grasp a child can easily twist dials, turn the pages of a book, open and close a zipper, and use crayons or pencils with precision.
Gross Motor – large movements of arms, legs, feet, or the entire body (examples are crawling, running, and jumping.)
Thank you to www.livingonloveblog.com for this great idea!
Food Group Chart
(Picture found on the internet)
This activity follows our momstown Milton March educational theme – Lets Eat by introducing the major food groups and at the same time practicing cutting and gluing!
Real produce (be sure to select a variety of textures and colours) from the grocery store OR cut outs of foods (grocery flyers are a great source)
Draw a pyramid and write Sugars, dairy, meat, vegetables, fruit and grains
Cut out each food group (be sure to make the base larger indicting the importance of consuming the right amount of healthy foods)
Put out a variety of produce on the table or have the preschoolers cut out pictures of food
Sort or glue them in the correct food group
If you choose to use cut out ones, you can colour them
In this activity letting your child use scissors will work on their pincer grasp and using dominant and non-dominant hands together!
Pincer grasp – Child uses only the thumb and index finger to hold and manipulate small objects. With a pincer grasp a child can easily twist dials, turn the pages of a book, open and close a zipper, and use crayons or pencils with precision.
This blog was written by Octavia Thompson – momstown student helper and soon to be ECE certified