Saturday, January 21, 2012

Hands-hands, fingers, thumbs

"In His hands He has the little bitty His hands He has you and me brother."
That song was uplifting when I was a kid. I liked the tune. I liked the message.

My classroom is very hands-on. We explore, experiment and discover by doing. This past week I filled rubber gloves with tinted water (food coloring or paint watered down)for a lesson in visual perception. This was a sensory experience as well as a reasoning activity. The children had to figure out how to position the hands so the thumb was in the correct place. Some of the kids realized right away that they had to turn the gloves over, around, or upside down. Others struggled to figure it out.

When they said, "I can't do it!" I said, "Never say, 'I can't. Always say, I can try.'" With a bit of encouragement they were all successful. They played with these all week, stacked them, matched them, made them dance, giggled when they jiggled. You should have heard their adjectives: mushy, squishy, floppy, cold, warm. I placed some in a bowl of hot water and warmed the contents, dried them off and left some cold, then I placed them all in the pan. The clear one was the favorite because I sprinkled a bit of glitter in the water.

The world is very competitive, but kids don't alway need the newest, mechanical or electronic gadget to feel successful and have fun. Why not try this at home?

"As you get older you will learn that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and one for helping others." ~ Audrey Hepburn

If only everyone would lend a helping hand, wouldn't the world be a nicer place?


Tammy said...

What a great idea. Except I would never be able to do this activity with 8th graders. Way too immature. They'd break them in minutes making gestures and having glove fights.

Bookie said...

Yes, this is wonderful idea. I wonder how often those gloves are "opened" though. :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

It's the simple things that truly delight kids. I remember playing in a large cardboard box. Of course, it was a castle to me.

Susan said...

Hi Linda....Oh yes, if everyone helped out, it WOULD be a better world.

Anyway, you are doing your part with your classroom and your blog.

I like to think I'm doing my part, too, with LOTS of human services work plus my blog.

Take care and have a splendid Sunday! Susan

Sioux said...

Yes, it would be a better place. If we combined helping others, along with a good attitude/outlook, and the willingness to think/explore outside of our box...well, the world might be close to perfect.

Thisisme. said...

Hi Linda. What a lovely quote by Audrey Hepburn. I'm afraid I haven't been able to leave comments on your blog. I'm sending this one via my iPhone. Thank you for your comment on my Sunday Snaps today. I know ive said it before , but I do think that you're an inspirational teacher. Hugs.

Val said...

Wow. Now I want some colorful squishy hands of varying temperatures. Funny how my word verification is HANDEOLA.

Lynn said...

Yet another clever idea and something nice to think about.