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Infant: Soap Scribbles

Infants and toddlers will explore spatial awareness while enhancing their cognitive skills playing with objects.

Mastering spatial awareness through exploration.

Infants and toddlers thrive on open-ended exploration of materials through hands on play. By providing infants and toddlers with a variety of objects they will be able to explore and master skills. 

When a child is placing the soap in the whole of the tube they are being exposed to spatial awareness along with cause and effect. While they are placing the soap in the bag of water and shaking it to create bubbles they are experimenting. 

The more opportunities that infant and toddlers are provided with igniting observation and inquiry learning they more they develop and  refine their cognitive thinking skills.

Materials

Black paper

Small bars of soap

Tape

Plastic food storage bag

Water

Learning Outcomes

Domain

Physical, Cognitive

Skills

Number Sense, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Measurement and Data, Observation and Inquiry, Physical Science, Curiosity, Initiative, and Risk-Taking, Creative Thinking, Problem-Solving, Reasoning Attention, Engagement, and Persistence

Indicators:

Mastering spatial awareness through exploration.

Instructions

Step 1:

Roll the paper into a tube and tape it. 

Step 2:

Keeping the soap in its wrapper, invite a child to drop it into the tube and watch it slide out the other end. 

Step 3:

Explore the crinkling sound of the wrapper together. Call attention to its light scent.

Step 4:

Another way to explore, would be to unwrap the soap and place it into a large plastic food storage bag with some warm water. 

Step 5:

Seal the bag and further secure it with tape. Shake and swish the bag as a few bubbles start to form. Point to the bubbles in the bag.

Playful Questions

Can you put the soap in the hole? 

Can you smell and feel the soap? 

Can you put the soap in the bag? 

Can you shake the bag? 

Where are the bubbles?

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