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activities for littles
Grating Cinnamon Sticks
Grade level: Pre-K to Kindergarten
Duration: 45 minutes
Objective: Preschoolers will engage in a sensory activity by grating cinnamon sticks, developing fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and experiencing the aroma and texture of cinnamon.
Child-sized graters or microplanes
Child-sized trays or table mats
Small bowls or containers for grated cinnamon
Brushes or cloths for cleaning
Duration: Approximately 30 minutes
Engage (5 minutes):
Begin by gathering the children in a circle and introduce the activity by showing them cinnamon sticks.
Ask questions to engage their interest, such as "Have you ever smelled or tasted cinnamon before?" or "What do you notice about these cinnamon sticks?"
Explore (10 minutes):
Set up the work area with child-sized trays, graters, small bowls, and brushes.
Demonstrate how to hold the grater and scrape the cinnamon stick using downward strokes.
Invite the children, one at a time, to come and explore grating the cinnamon sticks independently.
Encourage them to observe the texture and smell of the grated cinnamon.
Explain (5 minutes):
Gather the children back in the circle and ask them about their experience grating the cinnamon sticks.
Discuss their observations, such as the aroma, texture, and the process of grating.
Explain that cinnamon comes from the bark of a tree and is often used as a spice in cooking and baking.
Elaborate (10 minutes):
Provide additional opportunities for the children to grate more cinnamon sticks.
Encourage them to experiment with different grating techniques or patterns.
Discuss possible uses for grated cinnamon, such as in recipes or as a natural scent for playdough or sensory activities.
Evaluate (5 minutes):
Conclude the activity by gathering the children together.
Ask open-ended questions to assess their understanding and engagement, such as "What did you enjoy most about grating cinnamon?" or "How did the grated cinnamon feel and smell?"
Provide positive feedback and praise their efforts.
Encourage children to explore other spices or ingredients with similar textures, such as nutmeg or ginger.
Incorporate the grated cinnamon into a sensory play activity, such as a scented sensory bin or art project.
Introduce a recipe or cooking activity that uses cinnamon, allowing the children to experience the flavor and aroma in a different context.
Note: Ensure adult supervision throughout the activity to ensure safety and assist children as needed. Adapt the lesson plan as per the individual needs and abilities of the preschoolers.