Name of Activity:. Bug Collector

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Category:. Adventure/Journey

Props: A plastic jar to place the specimen, a large set of plastic tweezers, a magnifying glass, a flashlight, and other tools of the bug collector's trade.

Your Role: travel guide and model

Directions: Show your child all the new and unusual props. Go over each one, prop by prop. Explain that today the two of you are going on a bug collection adventure. You will be using all the props, together with your imagination, to go all through the room to collect some very exciting and interesting bugs.

Goals for You: Your job is to help your child become excited about new experiences: working with unusual toys and trying out new "imagination" tasks.

Goals for Children: Participation in this activity helps spark curiosity and also assists your child in adopting an "as if" mode--i.e. behave as if he or she were really collecting bugs as a participant in a discovery adventure.

Possible Strategy:

What to say "I have a lot of exciting tools. What to you think these can be used for? Have you ever seen tools like this? Let's try them on."

What to do Show all the materials to your child. Demonstrate how they might be used

Possible Shaping:

What to say "Where are we going? Tell me what we are doing? Can you find any bugs--imaginary or maybe even real ones."

What to do: Help keep the enactment moving. Try to encourage your child to "get into" this enactment. Remember, if your child is really involved, he or she may be unable to talk about the enactment until it is completed.

Possible Ending:

What to say: "Let's talk about what we did? Do you remember all the different pieces of equipment? Where did we go? Tell me about the bugs."

What to do: Carefully put away the materials. Remember, they are special.

Material on this site created by Helane S. Rosenberg, Ph.D. and Yakov M. Epstein, Ph.D. in conjunction with their forthcoming book titled Play for Success. All material on this site is copyrighted and may not be reproduced or cited without written permission of Helane S. Rosenberg, Ph.D.. Dr. Rosenberg is Associate Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education of Rutgers-The State University, New Brunswick, NJ. Dr. Epstein is Professor of Psychology in the Faculty of Arts and Science of Rutgers-The State University, New Brunswick, NJ. He is also Director of the Center for Mathematics, Science, and Computer Education of Rutgers University.


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