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EARLY CHILDHOOD CHILDREN'S ACTIVITY TABLES

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21ST CENTURY LITERACY STARTS IN KINDERGARTEN WITH KEYBOARD SKILLS, TOOLS, RESOURCES

A GUIDE FOR EDUCATION COORDINATORS IN HEAD START

Please keep in mind that participants are often shopping with young children; activities should be simple, portable, and not too messy.

Safety first! Please no beads, balloons or candy.

TABLE ACTIVITIES NON-TABLE ACTIVITIES

Bubbles (painting, blowing, catching)

Bowling
Face painting (this is very popular among all ages)
Bean-bag toss
Hat making
Mini-obstacle course
Musical instruments (play or make or both)

Tumbling on mats

Marble painting
Easel drawing
String painting
Beach ball games
Printing (use sponges, rubber stamps, etc.)

Mini-basketball

Sensory boxes
Sequence cards (movement)
Peek-a-boo cards
Climbing/crawling activities
for infants and toddlers
Who/what is in there? (guessing games)
Mazes to walk through
Jewelry (stringing straws; beads; macaroni)
Make a bird feeder
Puppet making
Paper flowers
Food Coloring pictures with eye droppers on paper towels or coffee filters
Textured pictures
Clay or Play dough (have a second choice in case others choose it first)

According to the apple-or-coin test, used in the Middle Ages, children should start school when they are mature enough for the delayed gratification and abstract reasoning involved in choosing money over fruit. In 15th- and 16th-century Germany, parents were told to send their children to school when the children started to act “rational.” And in contemporary America, children are deemed eligible to enter kindergarten according to an arbitrary date on the calendar known as the birthday cutoff — that is, when the state, or in some instances the school district, determines they are old enough. ~Elizabeth Weil

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