Due to a young child’s egocentric nature, ME was one of the very 1st themes covered in preschool. Variations on ME was woven into other ‘themes’ as the year progressed. For example, during our Night Time theme, with bedtime rituals, we would also discuss brushing teeth. Nurturing your child’s competency in their self-care skills is important for their development. I’ve found learning skills can always be done in a fun way. To that end, try the fingerplay I Have a Little Toothbrush. Your kiddo can have their toothbrush in hand as they act out the movements!
You can really let your creativity loose for learning opportunities during the early years of your kiddo’s life! I’m a big fan of learning using loose parts. Luckily a lot of learning activities use loose parts found right in your own home! Here’s one you can use following brushing the teeth in the morning!
Enrich the Learning: Sorting/Categorizing Brush Collection
Variety of brushes
• Collect brushes from around your house, garage and shed
• Place brushes on tray or tabletop
• Let your child observe/manipulate items
• Review the name and function of each item
• Suggest a way brushes could be separated, ie, size or bristle color for example, into groups
• As an option, line up the items in each group, to facilitate seeing 1-to-1 correspondence and count out the amount. Which group has the most? The least? Do they have equal amounts?
Extend the Learning: Folklore, Fact and Fiction
READING provides info and insight to your kiddo plus gives them all kinds of chances for inquiry; in other words: Why this, why that! Enjoy these brush-related books!
BTW, IMHO Peter Spier was an earlier version of Oliver Jeffers in terms of capturing a young child’s imagination, sense of wonder and wonderment, plus adventure and PLAY! I’m trying to collect his hard-to-find books.
Before reading, your child may have already noticed that some brushes are used by people, for projects or work, and some are used on people (or for people). After reading these books though, you’ll have the chance to highlight this new category.
Suggest they sort into 2 groups:
Used on people, like hair brushes or toothbrushes vs Used by people, like paint brushes.
The overall label for the theme for this learning activity, of course, is Brushes. Aid your kiddo’s literacy development by including other labels for categories. Possible labels include:
• paint brush
• make-up brush
• hair brush
NOTE: These can be further defined into subcategories. For example, make-up brushes include eye, concealer, and blush brushes to name only a few.
Add One More…
Maybe you have pets in your house. If you do, there’s definitely work associated with taking care them them…and a brush for that!
Now your child has the choice of making 3 categories: Animal Grooming vs Human Grooming vs Other
Sure I said ‘One More’ already, but you see once the creativity juices get flowing it’s hard to stop! And it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if you told me your kiddo recognized that context mattered. That a brush could be used on someone but by someone depending on the situation. If they’re a bit unsure of this twist in thinking, show them this picture!
Yours in PLAY!