Favorite Items for Exploration:
- plastic animals
- hot wheel cars
- plastic alphabet letters
- glass stones
- barbie shoes
- linking cubes
- linking shapes
- teddy bear counters
- bottle caps
The options are endless and the planning is non-existent for the first 3 weeks of school. Gotta love that!
Simply rotate the kidlets through a series of stations for 10-20 minutes at a time. I usually choose 5 different buckets a week with the last week being a repeat of the 5 favorite stations from the previous 2 weeks.
Simple * Fun * & Full of Learning
P.S. I take this time to do lots of kid watching and write down information about the kids I'd like to remember. I also offer suggestions on how to play with the items and see who is able to do this will little guidance. I guess you could say I use it as a pre-assessment of sorts.