What's in our house? – My Messy Box

What's in our house?

Activity

Materials Needed

 

 Introductory Activity

 

 

 

 Focused Activity 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Bonus Challenge I

 

 

 

 Bonus Challenge II

 

 

 

 

 Sensory Play

 

 

 

  • Large rectangular empty bin/container
  • Macaroni
  • Food colouring of your choice
  • Memory cards from Bonus Challenge 2
  • Clothes pegs
  • Basket
  • Human toy figurines or dolls
  • Small containers such as bowls or cups
  • Spoons, tongs or tweezers to scoop or pick up the macaroni with

 

Introduction : What's in our House?

Objectives

  1. Identify the item and relate it to the corresponding corner of the house

  2. Be familiarized with different parts of the house to facilitate independence in accessing items and putting them back to where they belong

 

Materials Needed

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Take photos of various items around the house and stores them in the phone gallery

    • Example: photos of toothbrush, soap, frying pan, ladle, tv, sofa, pillow, clothes etc.

 

Activity 1:

  • Show child photos taken for this activity one at a time

  • For each photo, allow child to name the item before finding it around the house

  • Some prompts: What is this? What is this used for? Where do you think you can find it?

  • After finding the item, prompt child to demonstrate how the item is used before returning it to its place

 

Activity 2:

  • Complete the house activity sheet

  • For each part of the house, guide child to either circle or colour the items that belong

  • Alternatively, if you have an ink pad at home, child can stamp on the belonging items using his/her fingers

 

 

Focused Activity I: Building My Home

Objectives

1. Participate in small-group discussion about different places that people call homes.

2. Use adjectives to describe attributes of objects (e.g. color, size) and to make comparisons (e.g. bigger/smaller).

3. Compare groups of objects and communicate the difference based on two or more attributes.

 

 

Materials Needed

 

Directions 

Prep:

  • Print out photographs of different homes - houses, apartments, palaces, underground lairs, condominiums, igloos, etc.

 

Activity:

  • Talk with children about all the different places that we can call home and the different homes people live in.

  • Pass out the photographs you have printed to your child. You may show one picture to your child each day if you find the amount of photographs too overwhelming.

  • Begin by asking your child to share something special they see about their house.This could be finding a specific object or color. Some suggestions could involve shapes, letters, numbers or colors.

  • If you have siblings, you could have children work in groups that explain that they are going to work as a group to sort their houses. Call out a characteristic and help children move around the area to group themselves by that characteristic. 

  • Some basic characteristics to start with could be color or type of home (house, condo, or apartment). To make the game more challenging, use more detailed characteristics such as number of windows or building material. As a final challenge, you can try to give children more than one attribute to work with or sort by color and type of home.

  • Extension: When you are finished with the above activity, collect the photographs and cut each one into at least 6-9 pieces. Place the pieces into an envelope or sandwich bag labeled with each child’s name.  

  • Provide craft paper, glue, and the labeled pieces for your children to put back together. If you would prefer to reuse the puzzles, laminate the photos before cutting them.  Instead of gluing the images back together, children can build their house and then trade with a sibling/parent.

 

Bonus Challenge I: What Do You See?

Objectives

1. Apply knowledge of writing conventions in writing words/phrases/sentences.

2. Compose and write complete sentences using invented and conventional spelling.

3. Use senses and simple tools to examine houses around the neighborhood.

4. Make simple recordings of observations through drawing and writing.

 

 

Materials Needed

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Look at the homes visible from your window/balcony/car.

  • Ask children questions such as:

> What do you notice about the homes? Can you see windows? How many? Can they see doors? How many?

> What are the homes made up of?

> What similarities and differences do you notice when you look at the homes?

  • You may provide your child with a pair of binoculars to aid in this activity.

Activity:

  • Guide your child in filling out the observation sheet provided:

> Drawing how his/her house looks like

> Drawing another house that he/she has observed

> Writing a few lines about how the two houses are similar

> Writing a few lines about how the two houses differ from each other

 

Bonus Challenge II: Parts of a House Memory

Objectives

1. Pair related objects (e.g. a towel card to a bathroom card).

2. Group related objects according to different sections of a house.

3. Persist in a given task.

 

 

Materials Needed

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Print a set of cards that have items found around the house on one card and their corresponding house locations on the other card. Turn all the cards face down and invite your child to turn over the cards to find the matches.

Activity:

  • Extension: Let your child create collages of items that go in different rooms of a house (i.e. bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room) by cutting out and gluing pictures from magazines/newspapers.

 

 

Sensory Play : In The House Sensory Play

Objectives

  1. Recall the various items associated with different parts of the house

  2. Practice and strengthen the pincer grip

  3. Understand that a group of people, called family, usually lives in the same house

  4. Engage in role play in a typical family setting

 

Materials Needed

  • Large rectangular empty bin/container

  • Macaroni

  • Food colouring of your choice

  • Memory cards from Bonus Challenge 2

  • Clothes pegs

  • Basket

  • Human toy figurines or dolls

  • Small containers such as bowls or cups

  • Spoons, tongs or tweezers to scoop or pick up the macaroni with

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Dye the macaroni using the colour of your choice (to dye any type of sensory base, follow the steps in this video)

  • Once dry, pour it into the rectangular container

  • Neatly arrange the memory cards, standing up all around the bin/container

  • Place clothes pegs on a tray or in a basket next to the prepared sensory bin

 

Activity 1:

  • Prompt child to pick a card out from the bin

  • Name the item on the card and identify that it belongs to

  • Guide child to peg the card to the side of the container

  • Prompt child to find other cards that show items from the same location

    • Use a peg to attach each card to the side of the container

  • Once complete, remove cards from the side of the container and set aside

  • Repeat for other item cards

 

Activity 2:

  • Once all cards have been removed from the sensory bin, include human dolls or figurines into the play

    • Recommended: amount of dolls or figurines should correspond to the total number of people in the family

  • Encourage child to designate familial roles to each doll or human figurine before beginning role play

  • Prompt child to demarcate the different sections of the house in the sensory bin

    • This can be done by using toy blocks or anything similar as dividers for each section of the house

    • Small bowls, cups or mini recycled boxes can be used to proxy some household items such as toilet bowl to indicate bathroom, sofa to indicate living room, kitchen stove to indicate kitchen

  • Engage in role play with the child of what each family member does and their daily routine

    • This allows parents to subtly elicit child’s perspective of his/her daily routine and of his/her immediate family members