Recently some of our kindergarten children commenced our ‘Pom Pom Rug’.
Threading is a great fun fine motor activity for preschoolers as it encourages good hand-eye co-ordination and control of the muscles of the hand and fingers. The kinder children enjoyed this experience as it allowed them to become creative thinkers, participate in problem solving, persevere on their task and a good understanding of their spatial awareness. This also encouraged the children to think and further develop their maths skills by asking them “How many Pom Pom’s do you think we need to go around the mat”, and “How can we create a colour pattern?”
Threading the wool and needle and then onto the mat was challenging for some, however this task involves bilateral coordination of the children’s hands, and requires their eyes and hands to work together which allowed the children to be involved in challenging, yet fun experience. The children demonstrated persistence and applied her thinking strategies when wrapping the wool around the template continuously with little assistance and remained focused. They understood the concept of colours when choosing their preferred wool without reassurance from an educator. The children interacted well using both verbal and non-verbal language effectively with the educator and their peers and were able to communicate clearly of her needs and shared their accomplishments.
The children are very excited to see the weekly progress on this ongoing project as they will continue to have the opportunity to participate and see the final outcome!
We are hoping the end product will bring a beautiful colourful mat where the children are able to enjoy quiet time independently or in small groups, or simply relax whilst reading a book.
Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity
1.4 Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect
Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
3.1Children become strong in their social and emotional well-being
Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learner
4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity
KBC: Built It, My Five Sense, Letters & Words, Numbers