Earlier in the year, my class enjoyed using their scissors so much we created a cutting station for them to use during our free play or activity time. And enjoy they did! But what to do with all these cut straws? Create another invitation to play of course!
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To create this invitation to play we used our straws to line the bottom of our water table as the base of our sensory bin then we added some magnetic plastic coloured counters along with some magnetic wands. The straws make such a lovely sound as you run your hands through them. Many of my students still benefit from some fine motor strengthening so scissors and long straws were also added to invite even more cutting practice. Warning - the straws do ping as you cut them which is what makes them so inviting to cut!
On a nearby table I also placed some coloured cups to encourage the children to sort the coloured counters as they pulled them out of the straws. I've done the same using rice as the base at home in our favourite Tubtrug.
The same tools also work as an invitation to explore numbers and quantity.
Some students have also been comparing the cut straws - trying to find the shortest right the way up to the longest straw.
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