Sand and Water Play: Simple, Creative Activities for Young Children

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Learn creative new ways to help children think and discover on their own. With over 70 sand and water table ideas, children develop problem-solving skills by applying knowledge, facts, and techniques in their world. Designed for children ages three to six, Sand and Water uses fun mediums like aquarium rocks, bird seed, mud and worms, rock salt and more to encourage children to release tension, concentrate, and become absorbed in an activity.

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Overview

Learn creative new ways to help children think and discover on their own. With over 70 sand and water table ideas, children develop problem-solving skills by applying knowledge, facts, and techniques in their world. Designed for children ages three to six, Sand and Water uses fun mediums like aquarium rocks, bird seed, mud and worms, rock salt and more to encourage children to release tension, concentrate, and become absorbed in an activity.

Sherrie West has been active in the field of early childhood education for twenty years as a teacher and trainer. Amy Cox is a supervising teacher in Utah. This is their first book for Gryphon House.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This clever workbook takes a fresh look at creating hands-on activities at the sand or water table. While having a sand and water table is not essential, the book assumes that most early childhood facilities would have such equipment. The book's introduction reinforces the authors' early childhood philosophy of planning appropriately for the individual child and having objectives in mind for each activity that is planned. Objectives can be long or short-term goals in the developmental areas of physical, cognitive-intellectual, social/emotional, literacy and diversity. Activities are organized under art, dramatic play, environment, outdoors, science, water and miscellaneous. Each activity is presented with objectives, a list of materials needed, steps for setting it up, as well as several open-ended questions to extend a child's learning and a list of vocabulary words to use in conversation with children as they experience the activity. Simple illustrations accompany each activity. The book takes a fresh look at old mediums by providing many creative ways of adapting an experience through the use of supplies not usually used. New teachers especially will find the listing of objectives and suggestions for scaffolding useful in their planning. Charts for extended learning, recipes and an index are included. For those early childhood educators who believe that children construct their own learning, this book is an asset to your professional library. 2001, Gryphon House, $12.95. Ages Adult. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876592472
  • Publisher: Gryphon House Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 996,436
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Sherrie West has been working with young children and their teachers for the past twenty years. She is a mentor teacher for Head Start at the Ogden Area Community Action Agency. Ms. West trains early childhood teachers and develops curriculum for the Weber State University lab school. Amy Cox has been a supervising teacher in the Melba S. Lehner Children's School at Weber State University in Utah for the past nine years. Ms. Cox trains early childhood teachers and develops curriculum for the Weber State Unviersity lab school.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
How to Use This Book 8
Art Activities
Balls and Paint 14
Fingerpainting 16
Shaving Cream 18
Bubble, Bubble, Print 20
Sun Catchers 22
Dramatic Play Activities
Baking 26
Washing Babies 28
Plant Nursery 30
Fossils 32
Environment Activities
Construction Workers 36
Astronauts 38
Marine Dock 40
Snow 42
Cars and Airplanes 44
Digging for Dinos 46
Homey Habitats 48
Outdoors Activities
Backyard Beach Party 52
Sand Castles, Canals, and Tunnels 54
Sand Stew 56
Garden 58
Car Wash 60
Biggie Bubbles 62
Rainbow Maker 64
Science Activities
Air Moves Things 68
Magnets 70
See and Feel 72
Float and Sink 74
Melting Pot 76
Oobleck 78
Vinegar and Baking Soda 80
Ice Cubes 82
Air and Water Wonders 84
Test Tubes 86
Water Activities
Dump and Fill 90
Waterwheels 92
Legos and Water 94
Tongs and Balls 96
Boats 98
Pipes and Accordian Tubing 100
Miscellaneous Activities
Putty or Dough 104
Pumpkins 106
Wild and Wacky Word Strips 108
Crazy Counting 110
Charts
Prediction Chart 114
Tally Sheet 115
Color Mixing 116
Signs 117
Recipes
Homemade Silly Putty 120
Playdough 120
Frilly Bubbles 121
Print Maker Bubbles 121
Hardy Bubbles 121
Brewing Bubbles 122
Oobleck 122
Salt Paint 122
Soap Paint 123
Sand Paint 123
Index 125
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