Wednesday, December 18, 2013
A KINETIC CHRISTMAS: Frosty Stacks
FROM HOPPING TO SKIPPING (Approximately 4+ years)
THE ORDER (AND DISORDER) OF THINGS
In our new book, A Moving Child Is a Learning Child, we talk about the importance of patterning and sequencing in early childhood learning. These skills are foundational to higher level thinking, learning, analysis critical reasoning. But there's something else that, in my view, is equally important. Understanding order mean recognizing when disorder exists, and inherent in that is a big life skill...
"Mastering the concept of order -- patterns and sequences -- prepares children for those times when they need to bring order to disorder without a referee of "correct" to guide them."
That's why when I play pattern and sequence games, I always make sure we experiment with DISorder too. After all, you never know when the "correct" answer may not be the "right" answer.
Stacking is one of my favorite seriation games because of its dimensionality and kid-sized results.
So, who do you suppose needs our stacking help at the North Pole?
Gather three different size cardboard boxes. Have the child draw Frosty's face on the smallest box. Use all four sides, depicting different expressions on each side, such as happy, sad, sleepy, surprised, etc. Encourage her to make up names for the different faces she creates.
Next do the same with the medium and large sized boxes, drawing Frosty's torso and bottom on all four sides. Again, encourage the child to draw different outfits and accessories for Frosty.
Now comes the stacking fun. Introduce the idea of stacking your snowman, then step back and watch to see how your child puts Frosty together. Once she's satisfied with her creation, show her that if she turns one of the boxes to the next panel, she'll get a brand new Frosty! Again, stand back and let her experiment as she sees fit.
Encourage her to tell you stories of the different Frosties she makes with her stacks. "I wonder how that Frosty feels today? I wonder what this Frosty likes to play?"
And of course, be sure to experiment with stacking the boxes in different ways (e.g. smallest on the bottom, largest on top) to see what happens! After all, who wouldn't love an upside down Frosty!
Wishing you a happy, healthy, and active holiday season!
From A Moving Child Is a Learning Child: How the Body Teaches the Brain to Think by Gill Connell and Cheryl McCarthy, copyright © 2013. Used with permission of Free Spirit Publishing Inc., Minneapolis, MN; 800-735-7323; www.freespirit.com. All rights reserved.
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A KINETIC CHRISTMAS
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