The Discovery center is a place to find the answers to questions like “what will happen if I push this button?” or “what does the bunny feel like?” It is a place to spark children’s curiosity by offering interesting materials. In the Discovery center, children use their senses to touch, feel, taste, smell and see. They act on objects and observe what happens. You can help nurture children’s excitement about learning by joining them in the Discovery center posing questions and wondering aloud. Children respond by investigating and exploring.
Social-Emotional-Children learn to work together as they explore, make discoveries and solve problems. They take care of living things such as classroom pets and plants and they learn classroom rules for using materials safely and responsibly.
Physical-Children develop fine-motor skills when they use eyedroppers to squeeze colored water onto wax paper or pick up dead insects with tweezers. They develop dexterity and eye-hand coordination as they turn gears, take apart a broken toy and pick up paper clips with a magnet. When they measure ingredients to make play dough and then squeeze, roll, stretch and cut it, children practice many different fine-motor skills. They strengthen their gross motor skills as they pull the rope on a pulley, create shadows on the wall with their bodies, or run in place before checking their pulse.
Language and Literacy-When children make discoveries, they are eager to share their excitement with others. They want to talk about their investigations, ask questions and share experiences. They use new words to describe how things look, touch, taste, smell and sound. Using books and other texts, children find out about topics that interest them.
Cognitive-Children use process skills when they observe and ask questions about the world around them. They watch plants and animals with great curiosity and make predictions about how they change, move and react to different conditions. Children organize information by classifying, comparing, measuring, counting and graphing objects.
Ingredients: 3 T water, 1 T white glue, 2 heaping T Borax
Equipment: Resealable bag
1. Pour all ingredients into the bag.
2. Squish ingredients together into ball.
3. Remove and stretch.