Playdo and Toothpicks
Place a mirror in each child's spot with a ball of clay or playdough.
Place a small cup or basket with tooth picks near their mirror.
This is another invitation to create during play time, like THIS or THIS. It was set up for them to discover after nap time and freely explore. Of all of the playdough invitations we have done, this is by far one of their favorites. I was shocked at how long, especially our son, sat and worked at putting toothpicks into his playdough and then taking them out. The first time they did this, because they were both so intently focused I said almost nothing. I simply let them work.
On day two, I asked them a little more about what they were doing ("tell me about what you are doing.") and commented on what I observed ("I see lots of holes in your playdough, can you tell me about where they came from?")
The toothpicks are returned to their cups.
The playdough is returned to its container.
Everything is returned to the playdough shelf.
Hands are washed and the table is wiped.
I've mentioned this before, but the more you expect your child to partake in the cleaning up step, the easier it will be to do activity like this. I helped put the playdough container lids on, wiped the table, and swept the floor a little. They took care of the rest.
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