Saturday, March 26, 2011
I know something you don't know!
Old-fashioned, hands-on learning beats pencil and paper or battery-operated anyday! I took a soda bottle and inserted the mouth through a hole cut into the rabbit's mouth and taped the entire bunny to the bottle and glued it to a cardboard circle base so it wouldn't tip. (Cut a hole near the top of the back of the bottle to easily remove the jelly beans when the bottle is full.) I filled a box with jelly beans and gave the students spoons and encouraged them to feed the bunny.
This activity is fun, keeps their interest, encourages cooperation and turn taking. It develops hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. When two or more children are invovled, this activity generates spontaneous conversation, increases vocbulary and enhances language development.
My funny for the week: two little girls, age four were taking turns feeding the bunny.
"I know something about chickens and rabbits."
"So do I."
"Yeah, I bet I know something you don't know!"
"At Easter, chickens poop the eggs out, and rabbits poop the jelly beans."