There is so much to discover from the items we wear!
This activity allows children to explore their practical life skills, while observing the very items they wear every single day. From what they see on the garment or material to what they feel, it is a great discussion to have with the children.
A great way to extend this activities is to incorporate garments from different cultures and backgrounds.
For this developmental activity you will need:
Assorted articles of clothing
Variety of accessories
Have fun mixing up the fabrics and styles!
Cognitive, Language, Physical
Receptive Language, Expressive Language
Children will explore various textures and become aware of symbols and the different types of writing on clothing.
Step 1: Place the clothing and shoes out and invite the children to explore the items.
Step 2: Encourage the children to explore the variety of textures, is it soft or rough, fluffy or smooth? Discuss how the clothing looks and feels, is it fuzzy or bumpy?
Step 3: Help the children notice any labels, logos or any writing on the clothing. Talk about symbols and see if there are any that show up on more than one item. Can they find any matches? Some tags talk about sizes or how to wash an item, invite a discussion about this.
Step 4: Give the children an opportunity to use and play with the clothing their own way. They may wish to sort the clothing by colour or style, or they may wish to try the items on!
Yasmeen Kamrani Sallam| Early Childhood Educator and Administrator
Meet Yasmeen Kamrani Sallam. Yasmeen is the Administrator of three preschools in Alameda, CA. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Human Resources & Marketing, a minor in Human Development specializing in Early Childhood Education, as well as a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education. She has over 20 years of combined experience in the classroom and administration. She believes children thrive in an environment filled with intention, beauty, curiosity, and wonder. Yasmeen's goal is to provide resources to empower educators, parents, and anyone for all things Early Childhood.
What letters can you find?
What shapes do you see?
What is your favorite piece of clothing or pair of shoes? What do they look like?