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We wrapped up our Weather & Seasons theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) last week and spent this week celebrating Halloween.
Each month we receive 20 days of curriculum, which means that we can take a few days here and there to focus on each of the major seasons and holidays.
This week, we read Halloween picture books, explored pumpkins, made Halloween collage art, and of course practiced early math and literacy skills with this Halloween pre-writing activity.
I love that this writing sensory activity uses the hands-on chipboard letters and numbers that we receive each month in our curriculum kit. We did a similar sensory bag activity with our island theme over the summer.
The children definitely enjoyed both using the q-tips as well as their fingers to form the letters and numbers.
And of course, this activity was a wonderful way to get sensory input and work on important fine motor skills at the same time.
Experience Early Learning has done a great job of including tools that are incredibly versatile and that can be used in lots of different ways both with the lesson plans they provide in each week's Teacher Guide as well as our holiday-themed activities every month.
This activity can be adapted for any season or holiday by just changing the colors. Of course, don't forget to seal the bag completely, so there are no spills.
Obviously, preschoolers are going to want to squish and squeeze sensory and writing bags.
Natural exploration is a beautiful thing and usually leads to even more (and sometimes unexpected) learning in other domains.
Not only are children mastering important pre-writing skills from these types of activities, but they're also learning about physical science while engaging in sensory exploration.
These Halloween pre-writing sensory bags encourage so many important skills and they were so quick and easy to make using some of the amazing materials we receive from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) as well as a few everyday things that we already had on hand.
Don't forget to check back next week as we start exploring the rainforest!