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Sensory Centers 2

Posted by on Jul. 12, 2010 at 4:56 PM
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Wood Working:

Woodworking center-an activity center providing many different sensory and three-demensional experiences

Purposes and Objectives:

  • develop and coordinate large and small muscles
  • improve eye-hand coordination
  • use wood as a medium of creative expression
  • communicate, plan, and work cooperatively with others
  • use woodworking as an emotional release and means of nonverbal expression
  • focus on the process while mastering the skills of sanding, gluing, hammering, nailing, sawing, and drilling to gain a sense of self-esteem
  • sharpen their senses through the smells, textures, and sounds of woodworking
  • learn to sustain interest and overcome frustration sucessfully
  • extend concepts of experimenting, creating, investigating, and problem solivng into other areas of the curriculum

Equipment and Materials:

  • Workbench-sturdy in construction with vise or C-shaped clamps attached, approximately 24 inches hgih or as high as teh children's waists; a sturdy table can also be used
  • Hammers-small claw hammers weighing 8 to 12 ounces
  • Nails-roofing nails and assorted other sizes. The nails can be set out in small foil pie plates to keep the sizes from getting mixed up. The pie plates can be nailed to a long board to prevent spilling
  • Soft wood-white pine, cedar, spruce, and redwood are light and take nails easily. Lumber companies and construction sites are sources for soft wood scraps.
  • Glue
  • Cross-cut saw-approximately 18 inches long
  • Clamps
  • Braces and bits
  • Sandpaper or sanding sponges
  • Ruler or square
  • Pencils and paper
  • Toolbox
  • Pegboard tool rack or tool cabinet to store items
  • Markers, crayons, and thinned tempera paint

Cooking and Creative Food Experiences:

Cooking activities give children firsthand experiences that involve them in the entire process.

Early positive encounters with food also help children gain the knowledge they wil use to form lifelong eating habits.

By including opportunities for children to cook, you offer additional times for them to practice math (comparing sizes, shapes, and measurements, one-to-one correspondance, fractions, and temperature, science (vegetables that are stems or roots, fruit that grows on trees, what happens to sugar on hot cereal), reading and writing (making lists and using recipes and rubes charts), social studies (learning more about their world and community resources), following directions, putting things in sequence, and learning to communicate and cooperate with each other.

Place photos or posters of nutritious foods in the cooking activity center and where children eat meals and snacks. Include the Food Guide Pyramid.

Purposes and Objectives:

  • feel responsible, independent and successful
  • learn about nutrition and the food groups
  • work independently or cooperatively in small groups (the younger the children, the smaller the group should be)
  • complete tasks from preperation to cleanup
  • learn about new foods and become aware of recipes from cultures other than their own
  • learn about different careers that involve foods and cooking (farmers, truckers, grocers, bakers, and chefs, for example)
  • introduce new vocabulary and concepts, such as measure, melt, knead, shake, sift, spread, baste, peel, hull, grind, grate, chop, slice, and boil
  • develop beginning reading skills with rebus charts and simple recipe cards
  • learn math and science concepts
  • develop small and large muscle contrl and eye-hand coordination
  • extend cooking into dramatic play, puppetry, art, and other centers

Equipment and Supples:

  • unbreakable nesting bowls for mixing
  • individual bowls for children
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • wooden stirring spoons
  • slotted spoons
  • unbreakable pitchers
  • rubber spatula
  • vegetable peeler
  • plastic grater
  • pastry brushes
  • wire whisks
  • funnel
  • tongs
  • rolling pins
  • hand eggbeater
  • potato masher
  • colander
  • sifter
  • hand squeezing orange juicer
  • plastic serrated knives (for younger children)
  • serrated steel knives and kitchen shears (for older children)
  • cookie cutters and cookie sheets
  • muffin tins
  • bread loaf pans and cake pans
  • airtight containers with lids
  • hot plate or electric skillet
  • toaster oven
  • electric wok
  • eletric blender and/or mixer
  • can opener
  • timer
  • smocks or aprons (not the ones used in the art center)
  • hot pads and mitts or holders
  • sponges used just for cooking activities
  • paper towles and paper napkins
  • waxed paper, foil, plastic wrap, and plastic bags

Basic ingredients to keep on hand include:

  • flour
  • milk
  • sugar
  • cornstarch
  • salt
  • baking soda and powder
  • peanut butter
  • cornmeal
  • oil
  • vinegar
  • bread
  • honey
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