Studies at Home for Twos: Week Three
This is the fourth post of a five-part series, Studies at Home for Twos. Each Monday, for a total of four weeks, Erin Seagraves, author of many resources in The Creative Curriculum, will be sharing guidance to engage your child in a hands-on study of containers at home.
Welcome to week 3 of Studies at Home for Twos! Over the last two weeks, you and your child have identified different types of containers, investigated how to open and close them, and discovered what they hold.
Developing the Skill of Comparison
Two-year-old children are at the beginning stage of learning to make comparisons. They may notice when two items are the same color or match two identical shapes together. Investigating how containers are the same and different gives children an opportunity to practice comparing and categorizing while exploring the physical properties of objects such as their color, shape, and size.
Week 3 Activities: How are containers the same and different?
Outlined below are five activities to explore with your child. You may choose to do one or a few activities each day––whatever works best for you and your child! If you notice your child losing interest in an activity, take a break and try again later. Repetition is an important element in young children’s learning, because each time they engage with the materials they are building on what they know. Additionally, if you do not have the suggested material for an activity, feel free to swap it out for something you already have on hand.
Ingredients Directions Activity 5: Containers Are Different Shapes I see a [circle], a [circle], a [circle]. I see a [circle], how about you? Thank you for taking part in our Studies at Home for Twos! I can’t wait to see what you and your child discover about how containers are the same and different this week. Share your discoveries with us in the comments below or via social media using the #studiesathome—don’t forget to tag us! Check back next Monday for our last investigation question: How do people use containers? and to celebrate what you and your child have discovered about containers!
Most two-year-old children are familiar with some number words and may count up to five objects accurately. An activity like this gives you an opportunity to model how to count in order and use one-to-one correspondence. As you count, point at each object as you say the number to help reinforce the skill of one-to-one correspondence. Encourage your child to repeat the numbers or say them with you as she drops the items into the containers.
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup butter or shortening
¾ cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 425° F. In a large bowl, combine the first five (dry) ingredients with a spoon. Cut in shortening with a pastry cutter or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Slowly add buttermilk. If the dough is too stiff, add more buttermilk. Roll out the dough on a floured surface. Cut dough with a biscuit cutter. Place biscuits on baking sheet. Bake 12–14 minutes or until golden brown on top.
Families often wonder how they can help their children learn to identify colors. Young children often learn best when concepts are woven into their play and practical life activities in meaningful ways. As you do things with your child throughout the day, use color words to describe items to your child: “Let’s put on your blue socks,” or “I am going to put the small, green block on top of the tower.” Over time, children will pick up the names of the colors and begin matching and categorizing items based on color.
Two-year-old children are just beginning to understand how to sort or organize items based on how they look. At this age, children can often match two similar items—for example, looking at a blue container and finding another blue container. In this activity, you are encouraging your child to focus on looking for one color among the containers at a time.
Activity 5: Containers Are Different Shapes
I see a [circle], a [circle], a [circle]. I see a [circle], how about you?
Thank you for taking part in our Studies at Home for Twos! I can’t wait to see what you and your child discover about how containers are the same and different this week. Share your discoveries with us in the comments below or via social media using the #studiesathome—don’t forget to tag us!
Check back next Monday for our last investigation question: How do people use containers? and to celebrate what you and your child have discovered about containers!