Different sized boxes, Sellotape, glue, paper, foil, cardboard, lid tops, pasta, newspaper, sweet wrappers, sequins, bottle tops, fabrics, magazines, lace, glitter, shredded paper, glue, glue stick.
What to do
Cover a table or floor area with protective mat or other covering.
Put out a wide range of materials, so that children can make choices and develop their own ideas.
Supervise so that the activity is safe and so that no sharp scissors are left around.
Encourage children to cut, stick and hold materials.
The fine manipulative and gross manipulative skills and hand-eye co-ordination will help development, physically.
Talk with children so that they can develop their vocabulary, especially if unusual materials are being used. It will provide language opportunities.
Discuss size and shapes to help spatial awareness. It will help with cognitive development.
Encourage children to take turns (if more than one) and share materials. Social skills will be developed, along with independence and self-reliance, as children complete their activity.
Children will gain enjoyment from handling materials and from problem-solving. Children will feel they have ownership and a sense of achievement, contributing to emotional development.
Links to development
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Personal and Social Development