Thinking: To foster ways in which your child collects and gathers information, and the way in which your child uses it.
This activity is appropriate for two-year-olds and older. Not only does this activity give you and your child a chance to be together, it's environmentally friendly and offers a chance to talk with your child about recycling.
You will need:
- Egg shells
- Pestle and mortar to grind the egg
- Plaster of paris or flour
- Remove the inside of the egg, leave the shells. Clean, dry egg shells well.
- Crush and grind the shells to a fine powder.
- Mix in two parts flour or plaster of paris for every part shell powder. For coloured chalk, add powdered paint.
- Mix in enough water to make a stiff paste.
- Mould into shape.
- Wrap in plastic and leave. Let it dry.
- You are now ready to begin this activity!
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Some children find holding tools to pour and stir challenging. These tips will help you focus on building your child’s hand strength.
- Rubber place mat
Place a rubber mat underneath the pestle and mortar to keep it from sliding and your child will be able to grind the egg shells more easily
Support your child by guiding their hand to grind the egg shells
Nurture, Explore & Share
- If you use a rubber place mat underneath the pestle and mortar to keep it in place
- Your child will have a better grip to support hand strength
- Spend time with your child by making and then using chalk to draw pictures, stories, and/or games
- Feel important Strengthen the adult-child bond, and feel loved
- Make up different games and activities
- Develop their imagination
- Come up with different ways to use the material
- Use mixing activities as a "teachable moment"
- Builds your child’s exploration and thinking skills
- Talk to your child about different ingredients, their qualities, and what happens
- Relate this activity to other concepts, such as environmentally-friendly materials and the concept of recycling and reusing
Enriching Learning Through the Everyday Moments
- Talk with your child about the different ingredients and their qualities – touch, smell, etc.
- As you combine ingredients talk about what’s happening as things are added.
- This activity is also an opportunity to talk about environmentally-friendly materials, recycling and reusing things that normally go into the garbage can!
- Go outside to make pictures with your child, or use the chalk to create games such as hopscotch or tic-tac-toe!
- Allow your child to express their ideas relating to their pictures and/or drawings.
- Chalk by Bill Thomson. [Imagination, Storytelling, Fine Motor]