Wednesday, February 22, 2012
I created a chores obstacle course to tie into our Love Theme for the month of February. I encourage Miss E to help around the house because I think it is important for all family members to help maintain a home. Helping someone with chores is one way to show love for another person. With this obstacle course, we were not actually performing chores but practicing through play.
Set up a pile of multi colored and white socks on one side of the room. On the other side of the room arrange two baskets or boxes. Label one box for whites and box for colors. Child runs back and forth across the room to bring socks to the appropriate bin.
Put out two bowls, bottle of water, and container of pet food. Child pours water into one bowl and scoops cat food into another bowl.
Scatter rice or other material across a length of floor. Place a broom on other side of rice. Create a square with masking tape to guide child where to sweep the rice. Child tip toes through the mess to gather a broom on the other side and sweeps rice into the square.
Arrange various grocery items and a grocery bag. Child puts groceries in bag and carries the bag across a room.
Miss E's favorite station was feeding the cat. She practiced pouring water long after we had stopped the obstacle course. She found it challenging to sweep, but I think it was good practice. It was difficult for her to carry the grocery bag, but she managed to figure out way to carry it by lightening her load.
This obstacle course supports development of gross motor skills by running, sweeping, tip toeing, and carrying. It builds upper body strength by carrying heavy objects. It develops hand eye coordination by pouring, scooping, and sorting objects. It helps children get physical exercise even if you are inside the home.