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Creative Play Detailed Activity Plan Activity: Hand Printing Number of Children: 1 at a time Age Range: 3 & 4 years of age Setting: Craft Corner Preparation time: 10 Minutes Activity Time:10 Minutes Approx Resources * 4 Paint Pots & Ready Mixed Paint - red, yellow, green & brown * A4 Sugar Paper - Yellow & Brown * Aprons * Newspaper for covering table * Large Brush * Damp Cloth to wipe hands * Paint Dryer * Table & Chairs Reason for Activity * To encourage communication * To explore colour, shape and texture of the paint * To learn how to make a print T Early Learning Goals Knowledge & Understanding of the World * Discover Printing * Explore materials by using their senses e.g. paint feeling wet & sticky on their hands * To show curiosity and interest Physical Development * Develop co-ordination and control by placing hand onto paper * To develop fine manipulative skills through brush painting * Handle tools and paints safely Mathematics * Exploring, recognising and creating patterns * Counting and choosing colours * Comparing the sizes of the hand prints when cut out Communication Language & Literacy * Talk about the feel of the paint on their hands * Learn new words * Express and communicate their thoughts * A great opportunity to interact with the child and build a relationship Creative Development * Explore the feel, ...read more.


Word Count 420 Implementation of the Activity I completed the activity with the children on a one to one basis; this enabled me to spend quality time with each child. I did the activity with an equal amount of both boys and girls. Two of the children had physical impairments, one child had sight impairment and the other child had a hearing impairment so I had to adapt the activity a little for these two children. For the child with the hearing impairment I had to think about the tone of my voice and had to make sure that I was face to face with him when I spoke to allow him to read my lips. As with the child with the sight impairment thinking about the proximity of the objects and myself was important. As stated by (Tassoni and Hucker, 2000) activities that focus on touch are valuable for children with sight and hearing impairment and can be used as an alternative means of expression for the less verbal child. The activity was closely supervised and I helped all the children to use the materials safely. When the child sat down I asked them to put on the apron and explained it was to help keep their clothing clean. I talked to the child about printing and what we were going to do and explained to the child how to make a handprint. ...read more.


I feel some spontaneous learning occurred from the activity because after discussing that their prints were going to be used for leaves on our trees this resulted in the children looking out the window and talking about leaves and what happens during the Autumn Season. The children were alert throughout the activity and showed signs of being happy and contented with what they where doing. The activity showed the children how to use paint in a different way and how to make a print. They learned some new words by describing what they felt from the paint and what they made such as gooey, print and texture. They also used their senses to help them describe what they saw and felt. I feel the children gained confidence from the activity by the praise they received from myself and others in the group. Learning Outcomes for Me I learned that when a child is showing an interest in something they are enjoying it creates a good basis for positive communication with the child. Children gain lots of learning opportunities from taking part in activities. Spending time with all the children showed me that they are all unique and all react to experiences in different ways. The activity promoted a sound basis for physical, social, emotional and language development. I have also learned from preparing the activity plan to think about the Early Learning Goals and how and where they fit in and to make sure that activities provided are suitable for all children involved. ...read more.

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