Today's Topic: Tweezers & Tongs
tweezers (i found mine 2/$1 at the dollar store!)
tongs (wooden, spring-loaded, ones that open like scissors....a variety is best!)
stuff to pick up (pom poms (various sizes), marshmallows, beads, toy cars, feathers, wooden blocks, fabric scraps, cotton balls, styrofoam packing peanuts, marbles, spools, etc, etc, etc...)
stuff to put things into (muffin tins, ice cube trays, egg cartons, buckets, Connect Four game board, paper cups, film canisters, drink bottle lids, empty tissue boxes, etc, etc, etc....)
Book: (one of the few I've ever read with tweezers in the story. This is an odd, but good one!)
How to catch an elephant / Schwartz, Amy
--set out a variety of things to pick up and things to put them in on each table. I sorted them out into roughly "large, medium and small" tables so that no one would get frustrated trying to pick up a giant wooden bead with tweezers, but that's a valuable lesson to learn, so mixing everything up on every table would also be fine.
Hindsight Tip: During play, the objects you put out for kids to pick up will get well-mixed. Talk to participants beforehand about how sorting is also a very important early science skill (classification!) and have the kids all help to sort objects back into their original containers at the end of the program. (Many thanks to the parents and the handful of kids who helped sort at the end of this week's program!)
Related Apps: Toca Doctor Lite includes a mini-game where you pull splinters from the patient's hand. Although there are no actual tweezers involved, you could easily engage in a conversation with your child about different ways that tweezers are used!