Category Archives: Programming Ideas

Programming in shared spaces

Children in this school age program create small world play using various pieces from baskets. The themes change but the concept is similar, using small loose parts to create different small worlds in their shared space in the gym. How do you use loose parts in your school age program?

Portobello Early Learning Centre

Outside The Box

Today we travelled to the outside of the box looking for a new and creative art project for the children to create with. While trying to fall asleep last night I thought of a unique idea, I said to myself “I wonder what we could do if I flipped a table upside down and wrapped saran wrap around the legs and then painted on it.” I guess you could say I took the saying “outside the box” quite literally.

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Clean mud using tin foil cake pans to create individual sensory bins 

Clean mud is a great sensory activity for all age groups. Recipes can be adapted to desired consistency and many items can be added to this activity to make it more interactive. Other great ideas include adding, sparkles, pom poms, animals, Duplo, plastic or stretchy bugs, spoons and cups etc. This school age group, made the clean mud themselves and kept their bins for a week so each child could add to it and use as desired.   

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