I wanted to do something different for small group on this day because it was a "No School Day" for our public schools and I knew I would have school age children with us. The activity that started as a small group exploration activity quickly turned to an all day event. children signed- in at the light table during their work time (AKA- free choice time, play time etc.) Objects that were placed on and explored included: dried up old leaves, arcylic shapes, paper in assorted colors, and even a hotwheels car. The children spent on average 20 minutes at the table building large objects with the colored shapes.
Skills promoted this day include: fine motor skills (writing and dexterity), hand eye coordination, color and shape recognition, math skills (counting, comparison of size and shape, and creative representation.