Today's Topic: Hook & Loop Tape (Velcro)
--as many different kinds of hook and loop tape as you can afford to get! (we had adhesive Velcro dots, Velcro zip ties, Velcro hair rollers, Velcro "one wrap" by the yard.... I purchased them from a fabric store and a hardware store)
--Soft things that will stick to the "hook" side of Velcro (pom poms, yarn, felt, fleece)
--Hard things that will not stick (buttons, paper clips, blocks)
--knit mittens and hats
Spiky, slimy, smooth : what is texture? / Brocket, Jane
The inspiration for this class (or "what I thought kids might do"):
velcro catch ball
velcro hair rollers
What Kids Do: Velcro is fun to just play with! It's sticky and makes such a satisfying ripping noise...
Before class, I stuck a bunch of tiny "hook" circles onto a few wiffle balls.
velcro dots to the tips of some craft sticks (two fuzzy stickers on one side of the stick, two scratchy stickers on the other side) and let kids create shapes with them:
Does it stick to the carpet? (hint: yes)
while some built 3-dimensional sculptures
--I just realized as I was writing this how well the conversation about texture also worked with last week's Nature Walk! As far as I know, there are no picture books featuring hook and loop tape, but this was a nicely written book about texture for this age group with lots of excellent "rare" vocabulary words and a great introduction to talking about how we can use lots of different words to describe how something feels and sometimes one word can describe two very different things (soft & fluffy bunny slippers vs. soft & fluffy cake frosting).
Variations to try:--Instead of making the Velcro wiffle balls (the stickers fell off quickly!), try purchasing a Velcro Dart Ball set similar to this.
--Velcro block "cutting" activity (original link is broken but this picture is pretty self-explanatory)
--Excellent video explaining Velcro (discovered via the WonderBox app)