Today’s post is about feet! I didn’t do a great job at documenting the activity today – sorry, sometimes, it’s difficult to do that!
Mondays and Wednesdays I choose one activity we did today from the Clever Clovers curriculum and share our experiences (starring my twin babies)
This week’s Theme: Hands & Feet
Activity Description: Animal Feet: Animals have feet too!! Play with toy animals and make special mention of their feet!
This Activity’s Main Area of Development: Social/Emotional
Specific Skill: Making connections between self and others
O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 17 months + 3 Weeks
1. Today’s warm-up was reading the book, Who Has These Feet? by Laura Hulbert.
2. Next, we sat together and reviewed what we have already learned about feet.
3. Moving into the more formal part of the activity, I explained again that animals have feet too! (The first time I explained this was during the story). I introduced the animal toys and we talked about their feet. I gave them the toys so they could manipulate & interact with the feet too. I compared the animal feet to their baby feet to help them make connections between themselves and others (skill focus).
(This video is a bit slow but it shows how I explain the concepts and how they are focused and processing the information. If you’re looking for a lot of action, this one’s not for you!)
4. Lastly we had free play with the animals. During this time, I narrated what they were doing and made mention of the words “duck feet, frog feet, turtle feet, etc”. (whenever applicable)
Remember not all activities have to have a tonne of action and excitement to have an impact. During parts 1&3 of this post, I could really see them making the connections; that these animals/toys were similar to them in some way. Being able to make connections between self and others is a bridge to showing/feeling empathy – which is an important skill in the upcoming stages of learning!
P.S If you’re looking for more animal activities click here
If you’re looking for more emotional learning activities (ages 15-18 months) click here