- Tonka Construction Zone - allows children to press the trucks and buttons that make noise
- Usborne First Picture Trucks
- The Home Depot - My Hammer (this is the one I read to class due to simplicity)
- Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day?
My favorite fine motor/sensory thus far! You take dry spaghetti and stand it up in a play dough ball. Then you offer cheerios or other O cereal to thread on the spaghetti. I also offered foam shapes. The kids loved it and spent a good 15 minutes there, which is a good length of time for 2-3 year olds to focus.
Shape construction. I cut out triangles, rectangles, circles, and squares from various colored construction paper. I had the kids glue them on a white piece of paper. It is so simple, yet it got a great response. One of my friends spent about 10 minutes on it and he was very particular on placement.
- block center - wood, paper and plastic blocks
- dress up center- I had hard hats, vests and tools available
It was a popular them. The lesson I learned; every child loved hammers and two hammers was not enough for a class of 8! Mental note to get more hammers.