Areas it develops: perception, detection, cause-effect relations, eye-hand coordination
This activity is about making mini bites together so that the kids can get familiar with different tastes and food textures. This game is a great way for children to learn that their actions have consequences.
How do tools work? How can I use them? These are the questions children this age are most interested in figuring out. This should be our focus with them: don’t show them how to use something, let them be curious, let them explore it for themselves, let them figure it out on their own!
While it is essential to give them enough time it is also important to observe them while they explore because some problems might show in these situations. For instance, a child who is starting games but is unable to finish them and to solve the problem and therefore can’t experience the happiness caused by the successful attempt. Should you face this issue with a kid, the best thing to do is to use the tool in front of the child and then give it back to them so that they can continue to experiment with it. Alternatively you could show other ways to use the same object. It is crucial not to immediately jump to another one. Support is needed here in order to help the child achieve the joy of success. If we come back to the same tool over and over again but with less and less help the effect of the experience will last. Children who do not realize that their actions have consequences, for example a child who pushes an object away but does not watch where the objects goes, might highly benefit from this and similar activities.