Tools for Self Regulation

Program Name: School-age

This month we have been working on our self-regulation and expressing our feelings. As for our classroom roles, I planned activities according to the children’s interests. This day school age chose to make squishy balloons. Squishy balloons are a fun way to explore textures, and work to help the children to reduce tension in their body which will, in turn, reduce stress. It is also a great opportunity for children to develop many skills, such as hand-eye coordination while using the funnel to fill the balloon, measuring the amount of flour that we need to fill our balloons, strengthening their fine-motor skills by squeezing and squishing their balloons. This also strengthened their problem-solving skills as they were challenged to fill the balloons with flour. Carter, Gabriel, and Jenica chose to draw emoji features on their balloons. Cater said, “I am happy, I want to draw a happy face.” “Me too, I am happy because I am the smartest girl. My mom said that.” said Jenica. “. You know that I can make the best squishy balloon, because I am a scientist.” said Gabriel. Neveah, Lucy, and Parker focused on measuring their balloons with a perfect amount of flour. The children had the opportunity to discuss their feelings, while working as a group, and strengthened their social and communication skills. It was a nice activity and all the children loved it, and asked to repeat it again another day. 

“Reflective practitioners participate in play, guiding children’s planning, decision-making and communication, and extending children’s explorations with narrative, novelty and challenges. When adults become involved in children’s play, they help with the difficult spots: they may sequence activities in a way that is clearer and reinforces learning or use language that helps to clarify challenges and solutions.” ELECT, p. 14

Children drawing faces onto their balloons.

Children using bottles to pour flour into balloons

Children using bottles to pour flour into balloons