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Any nice ides for child initiated activities? (especially KUW activities)

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by pinnochio, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. I'd like to try some different child initiaed activities. Has anyone got and nice ideas for KUW? We have things like magnifying glasses, shells etc.


    P x
  2. I'd like to try some different child initiaed activities. Has anyone got and nice ideas for KUW? We have things like magnifying glasses, shells etc.


    P x
  3. 000


    I believe child initiated is just that - initiated by the children.
  4. cinderella1

    cinderella1 New commenter

    we have a K&u area that we set up with a vareity of different resources to stimulate curiosity and child initiated experiences............
    variety of remote control activities e.g bee bot and small world resources could be a jungle could be polar lands

    magnetic objects and non magnetic objects and magnets, we have a lovely big silver tea-pot that they love to fill with magnetic objects and then draw the things out

    old radio with back off and screw drivers for them to explore etc....

    vareity of materials, including pots of flour, icing sugar, earth etc... for them to sprinkle, mix with water etc...

    wooden fruits from around the world and large world map with pictures of animals on, they love this match the animals to the countries

    floor game .....bit like twister except it is countries and oceans

    Torches, and boxes with things stuck inside and holes around outside for children to shine torches inside to see what is in there.

    shadow animal cutouts for them to explore whilst holding infront of projector

    these are just a few of the things we provide for the children to explore, if you model first then they can use independently and will also your'l find use in other ways.

    Your right in planning for child initiated learning through well planned resources, the new EYFS curriculum actually promotes this, thank goodness. Whenever I have been in an environment where kids just help themselves from boxes it has always been mayhem, plenty of train spotters and dinosaurs, behaviour a nightmare..........and learning????

  5. 000


    During our child initiated time the children do 'help themselves' and we don't find behaviour is a problem in our classes.
  6. Magnifying glasses outside;+ a few empty plastic containers - kids fill them with soil, insects, collections etc
  7. I got this idea from a previous thread about KUW and we have been using discovery bottles for a while and had developed into the children making them themselves and coming up with different ideas which they would like to try, some more successful then others!

  8. cinderella1

    cinderella1 New commenter

    I love the bottle ideas they will be great outdoors, I'm going to use our empty little milk bottles to make. Thanks for the link
  9. What a great link - thank you!
  10. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    Discovery bottle ideas ~ Adult initiated activities

    Discovery Bottles Objective: to develop children?s observation skills, predictability, scientific concepts, and thinking skills.
    1. Sand Bottle: Fill the bottom of a bottle with sand. Add water, and shake and see what happens when the bottle is shaken. For a variation, add coloured sand and water to a bottle
    2. Alphabet Discovery Bottles: Fill bottles with coloured sand and objects that begin with two or three different letters. For example: add small plastic toys such as dinosaurs and dice for the letter Dd and plastic ants and apples for Aa. Place a clipboard next to the bottle so children can record or draw what items begin with each alphabet letter.
    3. Swirling Colours Bottle: Spray foam shaving cream into a bottle. Add warm water to fill the bottle. Shake, and watch the foam dissolve. Add more water if needed, till all the foam is dissolved. Add food colouring (one colour per bottle). When finished, attach the lids and prepare to be mesmerized as the colours and the white swirl together.
    4. TREASURE HUNT JAR: 1 clean plastic peanut butter jar with lid; Finch bird seed.
    Fill the jar half full of bird seed. Add whatever small items you can find, such as a screw, jingle bell, rubber band, piece of macaroni, button, needle, bead, screw, paper clip, penny, marble, pop tab, etc. Put 20 items in the jar. Fill with bird seed, leaving a space at the top for the seed to move around. To prevent people from opening the lid, you can add some glue to the threads of the lid, and then screw it onto the jar. Keep a list of the items you put into the jar because it's almost guaranteed that the person you give it to will not find them all! Tape this poem to a tag attached to the bottle:
    Treasure Hunt Bottle
    Some pirates got it all mixed up, and did things wrong way 'round.
    They put the treasure in a bottle, and buried the map in the ground!
    Their treasure was some silly stuff, like needles, screws and beads.
    Then dear old Polly Parrot added all her extra seeds!
    So find the twenty items here, no two are quite the same.
    Don't open up the bottle though, as that would break the game!
    5. Alphabet Bottle: Fill a small plastic bottle with corn syrup, colourful letter confetti and some marbles. I use duct tape to make sure the cap stays on. The marbles add interest and break apart the letters if they clump together. Identify or write the letters you see.
    6. Muddy Bottle: Put 1/2 cup dirt in the bottom of a bottle, and fill it with water. Let the children shake it up and watch the dirt settle. (Try using gravel, peat moss, clay, and different types of soil.) Collect soil samples from different states or countries and make muddy bottle from them. Label the bottles so the children can compare the soil found in different areas.
    7. Bubble Bottle: Add 1 cup of water, a squirt of dish detergent, and 2 drops of food colouring to the bottle. Shake to make bubbles.
    8. Sound Bottles: Put beans, popcorn kernels, and rice in different bottles. Stick each bottle inside an old sock. Let the children shake and guess what is in the bottles.
    9. Stress Bottle: Pour 1/2 cup clear corn syrup in a bottle. Add glitter, sequins, or small toys. The children can hold the bottle and slowly turn it around. This will help them focus and relax.
    10. Serration Bottles: Take four or five bottles and add different amounts of water in each one, from empty to full. Mix the bottles up, then let the children sort them from empty to full.
    11. Classmates Bottles: Put the small (1 inch size) pictures of your class that you usually get from the school photographer in a bottle. Let the children shake the bottle to
    find their own picture or to find others' pictures and name the students in
    the class. Have a name chart handy to find the matching name. Students enjoy writing the names of their classmates as well.
    12. Rust Bottle: Add screws bolts or nails to an empty bottle. Fill the bottle
    with water. Observe what happens, or track how many days the rust developed.
    13. Alphabet Bottles: Make one bottle for each alphabet letter. Fill with small objects and toys such as:
    Aa- acorns, plastic ants, mini apple erasers, mini astronaut figure.
    Bb- buttons, band-aids, balloons, battery, and mini bear figure, brushes, boats, buses.
    Cc-coins, cars, cow, cats, camel figures, candy, crayons.
    Dd- dogs, ducks, dinosaurs, dollar bill, doll dresses, dominoes, dice
    Ee-erasers, eggs, elephant (or just an empty bottle)
    Ff-feathers, flags, plastic flowers, fish, mini footballs, toy firemen
    Gg-sticks of gum, anything green in colour, golf tee, grass, artificial grapes
    Hh- hearts, happy faces, horses, hangers from doll clothes, toy hammer
    Ii- ice cream, picture of an igloo, small plastic insects, ivy, iguana
    Jj-jacks, jelly beans, mini jeep figure, jewellery
    Kk- keys, king of hearts playing card, kites, mini kitten, koala, kangaroo, Kix cereal
    Ll-leaf, lace, letters, lima beans, liquorice, lollipops, ladybug , lamb, lion, lizards
    Mm-macaroni, mini marshmallows, money, magnets, marbles, mice
    Nn- noodles, nails, nuts, nickels, piece of newspaper, numbers, necklace
    Oo- octopus, ocean animal figures, oval cut out shape, olives
    Pp- penguins, pencil, popcorn, peanuts, paper clips, pretzels, pennies, puzzle pieces, paper, pipe cleaner, price tag
    Qq-quarters, queen of hearts playing card, picture of a quilt, Q-tip, quilt pieces
    Rr- racing cars, rabbits, rocks, rings, piece of rope, ribbon and rice
    Ss- straws, spaghetti, stamps, sponges, screws, numbers 6 and 7, spiders, squares
    Tt-teabag, toothpicks, turtles, tigers, tires, number 2, tape, number 10, triangles
    Uu- umbrella, unicorn, mini map of the United States
    Vv- violets, vans, volcano, velvet
    Ww- whales, wheel pasta, whistle, watch, wood, wire, walnut, wallpaper scraps
    Xx-(I use the final /x/ consonant sound) number 6, picture of an ox and a fox
    Yy-anything yellow in colour, yarn,
    Z-, zipper, zebra
    14. Rain Bottle: Fill a dry empty bottle with a box of toothpicks. Add rice (uncooked) to the bottle leaving an empty space of about 1 1/2 inches at the top. Seal the lid. As you gently turn the bottle, the rice falls through the toothpicks, sounding like rain.
    15. Mould Bottle: Add a piece of food such as bread to the bottom of a bottle. Seal the lid. Observe and record what happens in the days to come! Remember to keep this bottle for only a couple of weeks!
    16. Sprout Bottle: Add a piece of wet sponge to the bottom of the bottle. Sprinkle fast growing seeds such as grass seeds. Seal the lid, and observe what happens!
    17. Snow or Ice Bottle: Fill half full of snow or ice. Seal the lid. Record what happens as the hours or days go by.
    18. I Spy Bottles: Add trinkets such as Barbie shoes, small Lego, balls, pictures, and other small toys. Then fill 2/3 with rice. You can dye the rice beforehand using 1 part rubbing alcohol to 1 part food colouring. Tape a list to the side of the things that should be in the bottle and encourage children to find them all. This could be used for writing exercises as your child would write down what they've found. For young ones just finding things is enough. You can create a different one of these by colouring large alphabet pasta, add the seed, and play what word can we create from the letters we see (sort of like Boggle).
    19. Classification Bottles: In empty bottles add objects that belong together in a group. For example: but toy animals in one bottle, miniature food in another. Students have to classify the bottles by their characteristics.
    20. Counting Bottles: These are nice to keep handy. Make a bottle for counting by 10 to 100. For example, one bottle would have ten objects, the next 20, the next, 30, etc. Fill the bottles with glycerine so the objects float, making them easier to count.

  11. May2

    May2 Established commenter

    Just wondered what type of bottles people use for these.
    Any cheap or free ideas for bottles. may be small plastic water bottles but are they a bit big?
  12. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    We use the small plastic bottles cheap highly coloured "pop" comes in collected by the children.
  13. Hi Guys! These ideas are fantastic!! I've been looking elsewhere on the internet for more ideas and can't find anything that is as clear as this. I would love it if people continued to post ideas here and of course I will if I come across any. :)
  14. ladybird22

    ladybird22 New commenter

    Hi have really enjoyed reading everones ideas have found a great sight called pre-schoolplay. It has some great ideas linked to K&UW.[​IMG]

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