Among other learning techniques, repetition helps young children retain information.
Ovals, one of the main shapes children learn in early-education situations, can be presented in different ways to repeat the concept and reinforce learning. Crafts help children learn about ovals while being involved in hands-on activities. Oval shapes can be used in many fun craft activities.
Jelly Bean Bank
Children can make a bank to hold jelly beans that they earn as rewards and prizes during the day. First, teachers should show children some jelly beans and discuss the oval shape. Then, give each child a clean oval container, such as a large or small ice cream or margarine container, a tall potato-chip can, or an egg-shaped candy box. Remove lids from the containers. Let the children cover the container and the lid with oval-shaped pieces of construction or tissue paper, using diluted glue. The ovals can overlap as much as the children want. Cover the lids with ovals, as well. In the centre of the lid, cut a hole big enough for jelly beans to pass through.
Let the banks dry before use. At the end of each day or week, children may eat their jelly beans or put them in a bag to take home.
Rocking Egg People
Let each child choose two or three plastic colourful eggs. The children should open the eggs and drop a metal washer or other weighted object inside. Then, tape the egg closed with clear tape. Have the kids use their imaginations to create egg people. They may glue craft materials onto the eggs for faces, hair, arms, and legs, feet, and clothing as they desire. The eggs will rock back and forth when touched.
Have children make their own placemats for snack or lunchtimes. Give each child a piece of sturdy paper with an oval traced onto it. Have the kids cut out their ovals. Provide several sizes of smaller oval templates or cardboard patterns for the children to use for tracing. They may trace oval shapes onto different types of paper, cut out the ovals, and glue them onto the largest oval. Cover each placemat with clear self-stick plastic covering.
Have the children make race cars from oval-shaped wood pieces, available in craft stores. Wood shapes about one-half or 1 inch thick will work well as cars. Have the children use markers to decorate their race cars, draw some windows on the car, and draw four wheels onto the cars. The children may push their cars to race with each other. The smooth surface of a floor or table will allow the cars to move without having turning wheels.
Oval Story Books
Staple several oval-shaped pages together for each child. Have children draw or use oval ink stamps, or place oval stickers on the pages to create a story. They may use markers to add features to the oval shapes to help develop the picture-stories.
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