The Car and the Tracks - Preschooler Activity
Support from colleagues (if necessary)
This can be done with one educator but if there is help it would be more fun.
Fun Playing Cars
Rules for this activity
- Put the pan on the center with the sheets on it or towels.
- Place the children around the pan (children should be on the sheets or towels to prevent mess on the floor).
- Talk to them simply about cars and tracks. Bring to their attention what the car is doing, do some animation or be animated as much as you can to grab the children's attention.
- Make sure each child has a car to play with.
- Allow the children to experience with the materials that are given.
Safety and Health Rules
Material preferences for this activity: pudding, wet flour and toy cars ( the size should be in appropriate for the age group).
Materials or Preparation needed for this activity
- Toy cars that can be cleaned easily, small enough that children can grasp and hold, one for each child
- Pan or container for the shaving cream or flour
- Shaving cream or flour (must be wet)
- Large sheet for the activity to hold on.
- Towels if needed
Setting/or space needed
This activity can be done on the floor, covering with sheet to accommodate all the children who participate. If the weather permits this activity can be done also outside.
Which development areas this activity promotes?
The areas of development that this activity promotes are physical, social and cognitive skills. It enhances also their imaginative skills as well as creativity...
Objectives and key experiences:
During and after the activity, children will be able to grasp toy cars and imitate what the educator did in the shaving cream or flour or any other materials suited for this activity.
Promote fine motor development
Children will develop their physical strength while having fun.
Playing cars can be so simple but one of the most important ways we can help our children while playing with them. we can never expect that they will be able to write if they have not developed this type of skills and so therefore by doing this activity the strength of their tiny little fingers and hands will develop rapidly and in no time they will be able to grasp things according to their strength.
There are a lot of easy ways to strengthen these muscles by practicing co-ordination and develop hand - eye co-ordination using simple everyday materials and a bit of creative and best of all fun!
Activity that will help fine motor development
- Finger painting
- Playing puzzles
- Tracing shapes and letters
- Playing Lego or any building blocks
- Bubble wrap popping