Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Oh Beans!

With our recent February Sprouts, primarily peas and beans,  we decided to fill our sensory table with dried beans this week. We have been scooping. pouring, sorting and measuring beans.

Today, we decided to use some of our beans and make medallions. We took some metal lids from our recycling station and a hot glue gun to our bean table and went to work.

Some of the children were very careful, placing each dried bean or pea onto their medallion, while others filled their lid with glue and then randomly piled beans on top of it.

When they were satisfied with the number and placement of their beans, each child found a pair of safety glasses, a hammer and a nail to pound a hole through the medallion to string with twine.

It is amazing how skilled these children have become with tools in such a short period of time! (Now, to figure out where to put a permanent wood working station for them in the house........ )

We ended up with a great set of bean medallions to wear...... and there are still lots of peas and beans in the table for more scooping, pouring, burying, measuring, sorting..... you name it in the sensory table!


Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

The children did beautiful work, and it is so nice to see them using tools competently. What a great activity.

Play for Life said...

The medallions look great Amy and the beans are a great idea. Oh you've got to love those glue guns don't you?
Donna :) :)

RedTedArt said...

Wow! I am impressed you let them handle the hammer - great practice and i bet they felt so grown up! Good on you!

Thank you for linking up!!! Will stop by your linky once it is up!! ;-)


WiseOwlFactory said...

I'm so happy to find this WONDERFUL blog post! I'm linking to this post and your blog home page in an upcoming blog post of mine as part of a Booking Across the USA blog hop. Thanks so much for your help!

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