Labor Day is right around the corner! Labor Day is a federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September. For preschoolers , Labor Day is a celebration of the people that work in their community as well as an opportunity to learn about their community helpers, helping behaviors, and cooperation.
As your child daycare center beginsaut to implement Labor Day themed activities, consider this worker sorting activity. Tool Match Up is a fun Labor Day themed activity that supports cognitive development.\
Cognitive Development in Preschoolers
Cognitive development focuses on developing functions of the brain such as thinking, learning, awareness, judgment, and processing information. According to developmental psychologist Jean Piaget, children go through several stages of cognitive development and learning activities for toddlers and children should correspond to the appropriate developmental.
Tool Match Up is a cognitive activity for preschoolers that helps them learn and practice the skills of classification, relationships, and counting. This lesson plan includes preparation instructions, procedures, and materials list for this activity. The lesson plan also includes age-appropriate learning objectives and examples of the simple supporting verbal cues necessary to encourage participation and support learning in child care centers.
You may want to read: Whose Tools are These A Look at Tools Workers Use – Big, Sharp, and Smooth (Whose Is It? Community Workers) by Katz Cooper, Muehlenhardt , and Amy Bailey before the activity
Tool Match Up Activity Materials
Felt or magnetic pictures of tools that workers use to do their jobs (hammer, rolling pin, needle and thread, fire hose)
Felt or magnetic pictures of workers
Felt board or magnetic board
Tool Match Up Activity Preparation
Line up a pictures of workers on your felt board or magnetic board. Place the matching tools in a box or container.
Tool Match Up Procedure
Invite the children over to the felt board or magnetic board. Explain to the children that they will be matching the tools with the type of worker who uses the tool. Hold up one of the tools. Ask the children what kind of worker/job would use the tool. Then ask the child to place the tool beneath the worker. Ask the children what types of activities the worker does with the tool.
Tool Match Up Learning Objectives
Objective 1: To develop an understanding of classification by encouraging children to match the tool to its correct worker.
Verbal Cue A: What type of worker uses a hammer?
Verbal Cue B: Let’s put the sort the tools so that each tool belongs to the correct worker.
Objective 2: To teach about relationships using the terms big and small.
Verbal cue A: Which tool is the smallest tool in the box?
Verbal Cue B: Which tool is the biggest tool in the box?
Objective 3: To introduce the number concept of 1-10
Verbal Cue A: Let’s count the number of workers on the board.
Verbal Cue B: How many tools are on the board?
With this Labor Day sorting activity, children will learn important cognitive skills such as sorting and classification, spend time becoming familiar with the different types of occupations, workers and tools.
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