JULY 15, 2013: Pool Noodles

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MYSTERY ITEM: Pool Noodles

I originally purchased the pool noodles to cut up for a set of outdoor blocks (I had seen this in a couple trainings) but then I decided I would leave them out as our mystery item first and see how the kids responded to it. I was really hoping someone would say something about cutting them or breaking them apart so we could make the blocks (I like the ideas to be all the kids, but I was making going to have to influence them a bit on this idea…) but the first idea came from D2 who said “We can paint with the one that looks like a flower” (On of the noodles had scalloped edges which made it look like a flower) so I then said “We can, but do you think we should cut a piece off to make it easier, or use the whole noodle to paint with?”, she said to cut a piece, so that was my cue to ask what they thought we could do with the cut pieces and poof, we had a new set of blocks to play with.

See below what the kids came up to do with the pool noodles:

PAINTED WITH THE NOODLES:
-Used Creativity/Imagination
-Sensory Experience
-Worked on color recognition
-Worked on fine motor skills

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TURNED THE NOODLES INTO ROADS FOR THE CARDS:
-Used Creativity/Imagination
-Worked on balance
-Worked on taking turns
-Talked about the types of vehicles they were playing with
-Used large muscles

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TURNED OUR NOODLES INTO BLOCKS:
-Used Creativity/Imagination
-Worked on balance & stacking
-Worked on fine motor skills
-Sensory experience
-Worked on counting skills
-Worked on patterns (after I cut up the other color of noodles)

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