Rea is absolutely infatuated with the one dollar pool noodle that I bought. It is the most used toy in our house right now and we don’t even have a pool. So, to keep it from becoming a weapon, we’re using it for water play!
This activity involves sensory play which is wonderful for problem-solving and learning about our senses and it is an opportunity to learn about the letters in our name and our sight words.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Reading

  • Recognizes name
  • Identify the letters in name

Engineering

  • Construct models to represent their imagination and objects in the world
  • Build using a variety of materials in both conventional and unconventional ways
  • Use tools with appropriate safety and purpose
  • Engage in problem solving activities

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Reading

  • Recognizes name
  • Identify the letters in name
  • Recognize sight words (I, my, you, is, are, the, of, and, can, like)

Engineering

  • Construct models to represent their imagination and objects in the world
  • Build using a variety of materials in both conventional and unconventional ways
  • Use tools with appropriate safety and purpose
  • Engage in problem solving activities

Required Materials

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*Scissors

*Plastic Tub

Water

Pool Noodle

*Markers

*Straws

*Foam Sheets

Step #1
Cut the pool noodle into little disks. You will need to cut 10-15 disks.
Step #2
Use the scissors to make an opening on the flat side of the pool noodle. A quick poke will do the job.
Step #3
Cut out triangles from the foam sheets
Step #4
Write the letters of your Lil’s name and this month’s sight words (Lil’ Creators – I & are) on the triangles.
Step #5
Use a hole-punch to create a hole at the top and bottom of each triangle
Step #6
Thread a straw through the holes of the triangle
Step #7
Stick the straw in the hole you poked on the pool noodle
Step #8
Place your sail boats in a tub of water and enjoy playing

Teacher Tip

Talk with your Lil’ as they are playing. Make comments such as, “ooh you have the B Boat,” or, “Can you pass me the E Boat?” The conversation you have with your Lil’ about the letters on the sails is what makes this sensory activity educational.

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