Good morning! Here are three invitations for Preschoolers on a warm June day in Durham. It’s the end of Pride Month, but at LACS we value and honor all families and children’s unique selves all year.
We also want to share this parent resource from Resilience in Challenging Times. We are thinking about all the families who might be stressed and struggling right now.
Art/Science Invitation: Mixing paint colors
For this invitation you will need some small containers, paints, brushes or stir sticks and some paper. Decide with your child what colors of paint they would like to explore today (you can also decide this on your own if you are curious about what your child will do with certain hues). Invite your child to explore the paint. Will they mix the colors in the containers? Will they paint with them as they are? This invitation allows children to explore color theory, transformance, and fine motor skills.
Science/Sensory Invitation: Frozen Yogurt in a Bag
Small or quart-size ziplock bag
118 ml (½ cup) plain, yogurt
A selection of fruit (soft fruits such as berries work best)
Honey to taste (you can also use jam in place of the honey and fruit)
3.7-liter (1 gallon) ziplock bag (or a large mixing bowl)
473 ml (2 cups or 10-12 cubes) crushed ice
59 ml (¼ cup) salt (table, rock or Kosher)
Kitchen towel (optional)
Spoon (for tasting the yogurt)
In the small bag, combine the yogurt, fruit and honey (or jam). Seal the bag very well! In the large bag, combine the ice and salt, put the small bag into the large bag and seal the large bag well. You may want to wrap the large bag in a kitchen towel to protect small hands from the cold. Invite your child to shake the bag vigorously (you can turn on some dance music to make this even more fun). Shake for 10-15 minutes until the yogurt is firm. RINSE the smaller bag before opening. Your child can eat it straight out of the bag, or put it into a bowl.
Fine Motor/Building Invitation: Block building
Today, invite your child to build something with blocks. You might enjoy building with your child for a few minutes as well. You can prompt them to build something specific (What would you like your house to look like? What do you think a castle would be like? Can you make a map of our neighborhood?), or just let them go. Take a photograph of the structure when they are finished so they can reflect on it later.