Category Archives: MYSTERY ITEMS

JULY 30, 2013: Ping Pong Balls

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MYSTERY ITEM: Ping Pong Balls

Our last mystery item for the month was ping pong balls. I could think of endless ways to use these, but see below what the kids came up with…

PLAYED PASS THE BALL:
-Worked on team building skills
-Worked on color recognition
-Visual tracking
-Used fine motor skills
-Used large muscles
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DID A SCIENCE EXPERIMENT (WILL THEY FLOAT OR SINK):
-Worked on science skills
-Learned what a hypothesis is
-Worked on position words (top or bottom)
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PLAYED BALL TOSS:
-Worked on taking turns
-Used large muscles
-Worked on eye-hand coordination
-Worked on color recognition
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PING PONG BALL ART (dipped balls in paint, shook in a bag, let dry, cut bag apart & had art):
-Sensory experience
-Used creativity/imagination
-Worked on color recognition
-Worked on fine motor skills
-Used large muscles
-Worked on cutting skills
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JULY 26, 2013: Doodlebugs Event

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MYSTERY ITEM: No mystery item today, we went to the Hiawatha Public Libraries Doodlebug Event

Doodlebugs Program: Balloons over Broadway

Miss Erin’s Caldecott Summer Series Celebrates Balloons over Broadway! by Melissa Sweet.

We’ll make our very own mini parade floats to accompany this great, mostly-true story of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade floats.

This program is presented courtesy of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.

LISTENING TO A STORY ABOUT THE MACY’S DAY PARADE:

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MAKING PARADE “FLOATS”:

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WALKING IN THE “PARADE”:

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JULY 25, 2013: Yarn

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MYSTERY ITEM:
Yarn

D was very excited for this mystery item. Yarn is something he asks to play with all the time, so I was very curious to see what he was going to do with it. I think the kids favorite thing was to just play with a stand of it and turn it into things…sometimes it’s just the simple things:)

See below what the kids came up to do with the yarn:

PLAYED MAGIC STRING (Where the yarn could be whatever they wanted it to be):
-Worked on problem solving
-Worked on fine motor skills
-Used Creativity/Imagination
-Worked on color identification
-Used large muscles
-Worked on communication skills when they shared about what they were making
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“FISHING”:
-Used imagination
-Worked on fine motor skills
-Used large muscles
-Worked on counting skills (when they counted all the “fish” they caught)
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CUTTING YARN:
-Worked on cutting skills
-Worked on fine motor skills
-Worked on size order (put the cut strings in order of size)

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YARN ARTWORK:
-Used creativity/imagination
-Sensory Experience
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JULY 23, 2013: Grabbers

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MYSTERY ITEM:
Grabbers

Again, I tried to set out an item that the kids would possibly be a little unfamiliar with (but I knew of all the great things it could offer…). I really wasn’t sure what they could come up with & really it wasn’t much…only because they were so excited just picking up things and spent so much time doing that, that we ran out of time for them to come up with anything else.

See below what the kids came up to do with the grabbers:

REACHING FOR THINGS UP HIGH:
-Worked on problem solving
-Worked on fine motor skills
-Worked on balance
-Worked on taking turns
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REACHING FOR THINGS IN FRONT OF US:
-Worked on problem solving
-Worked on fine motor skills
-Worked on balance
-Worked on taking turns
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MADE A GAME OUT OF WHO COULD PICK UP THE MOST MARBLES THE QUICKEST:
-Worked on problem solving
-Worked on fine motor skills
-Worked on concentration
-Worked on balance
-Worked on taking turns
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JULY 22, 2013: Crepe Paper

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MYSTERY ITEM: Crepe Paper

I had soooo many ideas for todays mystery item, but the ideas the kids came up with they ran with and play for quite awhile so although we didn’t get many things done, they had fun with what they did do.

See below what the kids came up to do with the crepe paper:

SEEING WHAT HAPPENS IF WE PAINT ON THE CREPE PAPER:
-Working on creativity/imagination
-Art Experience
-Working on science experimentation
-Worked on color recognition
-Sensory experience

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USED THE CREPE PAPER AS A FINISH LINE:
-Used large muscles
-Required teamwork
-Worked on taking turns
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PLAYED TUG-A-WAR:
-Working on teamwork
-Used large muscles
-Worked on problem solving
-Worked on balance
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TWIRLED AND DANCED WITH THE CREPE PAPER:
-Working on creativity/imagination
-Used large muscles
-Worked on rhythm
-Worked on counting (they would count how many times they could spin or twirl)
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JULY 19, 2013: Sound Tubes

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MYSTERY ITEM
: Sound Tubes

I was hoping at least a couple of the kids knew what this item was, I think we had one. It did kind of make it more interesting though because their first thoughts were not to use it as it’s intended purpose and they were a little more creative with it.

See below what the kids came up to do with the sound tubes:

SEEING WHAT ITEMS WILL FIT DOWN THE TUBES:
-Working on Problem Solving
-Working on Size Recognition
-Working on Experimentation
-Used fine motor skills
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USING THE TUBES AS A JUMP ROPE:
-Using large muscles
-Working on balance
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MAKING MUSIC WITH THE SOUND TUBES:
-Using creativity/imagination
-Using large muscles
-Learning about sound & rhythm
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MAKING LETTERS OUT OF THE TUBES:
-Working on letter recognition
-Using fine motor skills
-Working on pre-literacy skills
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RIDING ON THE TUBES LIKE STICK PONIES:
-Using large muscles
-Working on taking turns
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SEEING WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE WHEN YOU TALK THROUGH THE TUBES:
-Working on experimentation
-Learning about sound and rhythm
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JULY 17, 2013: Shelf Liner

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MYSTERY ITEM:
Shelf Liner

I’m not exactly sure what I expected the kids to come up with, with this item. I saw it in the dollar section at the HyVee Drugstore the other day when I was there & I was first attracted to the bright colors of it and it was only a $1.00 so I got it. The kids definitely came up with more than I would have ever thought…

See below what the kids came up to do with the shelf liner:

TURNED IT INTO WIGS:
-Used Creativity/Imagination

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CUTTING PIECES & TURNING IT INTO ART:
-Used Creativity/Imagination
-Sensory Experience
-Worked on cutting skills
-Worked on fine motor skills
-Talked about shapes

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SEWING:
-Used Creativity/Imagination
-Worked on fine motor skills
-Sensory experience

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PUT PIECES OF THE SHELF LINER UNDER OUR PAPER AND DID RUBBINGS OF IT:
-Used Creativity/Imagination
-Worked on fine motor skills
-Worked on color recognition
-Sensory Experience

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TURNED IT INTO BRIDGES AND PATHWAYS FOR THE TOYS:
-Used Creativity/Imagination
-Used large muscles
-Used teamwork
-Worked on taking turns
-Worked on problem solving (when things were too heavy)
-Worked on balance

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