R was 16 months old at the time of this activity
Swimmy by Leo Lionni – Swimmy is a great story about a little fish who over came adversity and encouraged others to not be afraid. Leo Lionni writes wonderful stories that have many life lessons. I loved using her books in my classroom as a spring board for discussing many topics such as bullying or self esteem.
1. Sandy Scene
I’ve finally put sand in half of R’s sand and water table. I pulled out the shells again and offered her an invitation to play. She went back and forth between the water and sand and was engaged for over 30 mins. R especially enjoyed using a smaller shell as a scoop to fill a larger shell with sand. Offering children simple items to play with is a great way to engage their imagination and to see their ability to represent one object as something else. Here, R used a shell as a scoop.