Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Clean Up On Aisle Two

When a scoop-and-pour bean activity goes horribly awry.

I guess that's what I get for trying this when everyone's sick. The kids were really into it though, we will be trying again. I need to get some good flat, plastic staging trays for them, I think that will help a lot. There is an added complication in that there are the two of them so if one does something not part of the activity (like dumping their scoop of beans all over the floor and not in their bowl) instead of a quick correction the other immediately follows suit. Then back and forth it goes as they find that flinging things everywhere is more fun than the sorting. This will take some tweaking.

4 comments:

mell said...

Didn't you know? Chaos is way more fun that order.

Margaret said...

Hee! Um, yeah, that whole monkey-see-monkey-do syndrome is strong with those two. Better luck next time!

CygnetMommy said...

You might could try using cookie sheets for trays. But I'm not brace enough to try something like that with one child! So kudos to you for trying it with two!!

Karen said...

that's a good idea, Christine, I think we'll give that a try. And perhaps I should switch to water until they get the concept down. That activity uses a sponge to soak up spills on the table and they already enjoy wiping up messes (who knows why.) They're more likely to get down and clean up water spilled on the floor anyway, picking up 60 individual beans... not so much.