Today’s Family continues to support our families. Home Activities is a new blog series where we share activities and games to keep bodies and brains active while we all practice safe physical distancing. Just as we’re sharing these thoughts with you, please share these ideas with your family and friends through social media.
Early childhood education is, in many ways, encouraging children to engage in play in different circumstances. In How Does Learning Happen?, we read that when children play, what they are actually doing is experimenting with the world around them. They are experiencing new things that will help them learn how the world works.
As Early Childhood Educators, we try to introduce children to as many learning opportunities as possible. This is something that you can do at home, too! Did you know it’s incredibly easy to create a fun, tactile learning experience that will allow children to experiment with a new substance? And all you need is some cornstarch and some water!
Make your own Goop.
This is a favourite activity of many of our ECEs because of how much children love playing with the goop! To make your own goop, all you will need is some cornstarch and some water. Using a fork, mix a cup of cornstarch with 1/3 a cup of water until well blended.
Once you have had fun making goop, you can introduce new sensory experiences. Try making a new batch of goop but add some food colouring at the start. This is a great way for children to experiment with colours, especially if you are mixing colours. You can also mix other materials into your goop, like buttons and beads, to give the children something to search for in the goop.
Playing with goop is a great learning opportunity because it does not always act the way children expect it to. Goop can be very liquidy or more like solid playdoh, depending on how you play with it. It can be stretchy, too! All of these can be new and unique experiences for children; watch them figure out how the goop works and acts!