Sand and Water Play: Simple, Creative Activities for Young Children

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Gryphon House, Inc., 2001 - Education - 128 pages
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Based on the view that creative play and hands-on experiences are essential to the development of well-balanced children and that their teachers have the responsibility to create an environment that can stimulate children's senses and curiosity, this book provides activities incorporating the use of sand and water tables into the classroom on a daily basis. The introduction to the book presents general guidelines for keeping sand and water play safe and healthy and describes the format used for the activities. Activities are presented in seven areas: (1) art activities; (2) dramatic play activities; (3) environment activities; (4) outdoors activities; (5) science activities; (6) water activities; and (7) miscellaneous activities. Each activity description presents an objective, lists suggested materials, gives directions for setting up the activity, lists suggested open-ended questions, delineates vocabulary words on which to focus during the activity, and includes tips for enhancing the activity. The final two sections of the book contain charts for children to use during the activities and a recipe section, which includes recipes for "silly putty,""playdough," and soap paint. (KB)
 

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Contents

Baking
26
ENVIRONMENT ACTIVITIES
35
Homey Habitats
48
Biggie Bubbles
62
Air Moves Things
68
Float and Sink
74
a Ice Cubes
82
WATERACTIVITIES
90
Tongs and Balls
96
MISCELLANEOUS ACTIVITIES
103
Crazy Counting
110
Color Mixing
116
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Sherrie West has been working with young children and their teachers for the past twenty years. She is a mentor teacher for Head Start at the Ogden Area Community Action Agency. Ms. West trains early childhood teachers and develops curriculum for the Weber State University lab school. Amy Cox has been a supervising teacher in the Melba S. Lehner Children's School at Weber State University in Utah for the past nine years. Ms. Cox trains early childhood teachers and develops curriculum for the Weber State Unviersity lab school.

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