Good morning! Here are three invitations for middlers today.
Building Invitation: Build a story from blocks
After writing their story, or instead of writing their story, invite your child to tell a story using the language of blocks. This may look like building houses for the three little pigs and knocking them over, or creating a world with tall buildings, or volcanoes. You can photograph or make a video of your child’s work so they can reflect on it later when the blocks are put away.
Outdoor/Nature/Gross Motor Invitation: Bowling.
Gather paper/plastic cups or tin cans and stack them. Roll a ball and see how many you can knock over!
Intent: This gross motor activity can be done inside if it is raining! We want to encourage the middlers to use all of their big body and fine motor muscles to enhance gross motor development.
Outdoor/Nature/Gross Motor Invitation: Sorting Flowers
Using three small jars or cups and label them “stems”, “leaves”, and “petals”. Have your child collect flowers from outside and separate the parts. Then sort each part of the flower into the three jars!
Intent: We want to encourage the middlers to use all of their big body and fine motor muscles to enhance gross motor development. This activity helps teach the parts of a flower. It also uses fine motor skills to take each flower apart and helps the child work on sorting like items.