Activity Plan 2-3: Tunnel Vision
Children will love painting, creating, and crawling through their own tunnel.
- Grades: PreK–K
Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Movement/Art
- medium- to large-sized cardboard boxes
- tempera paint
- plastic containers for paint (margarine tubs, large yogurt containers)
- large paintbrushes
- newspaper or drop cloth
Objective: Children will develop gross-motor skills and engage in activities that promote physical exercise as they create and explore tunnels made of boxes.
In Advance: Collect five medium- to large-sized cardboard boxes. Cut open the bottom section of each box to create a second opening for children to crawl through.
1 Display all the boxes you have collected and invite the children to count them with you. Explain that they will paint the boxes and make them into a tunnel.
2 Depending on your room space and climate, children can work indoors or outdoors to paint the boxes. (Ask them to work in pairs.) Lay newspaper or a plastic drop cloth underneath each box and place the boxes so the opened sections face sideways.
3 Ask children to choose two colors to paint their box. Place each color in a medium-sized plastic container Give the children smocks and large paintbrushes.
4 After the paint has dried, take the boxes to the playground and invite the children to help line them up to create a long tunnel. Now they can form a line and take turns crawling through the tunnel.
5 The tunnel is a wonderful plaything, especially indoors on a rainy day Children can roll balls and cars through it. The tunnel can be dismantled, and children can use the open boxes to make a dollhouse, clubhouse, firehouse, or reading box in the block area or the quiet area.
Remember: Cardboard boxes don't wear well. When used outdoors, they tend to absorb dirt, and rough handling causes sides to collapse. So remain alert to hygiene and safety issues, and replace boxes when necessary.
Math/Literacy: Body Shapes Read a book about shapes to the children, such as There's a Square* by Mary Serfozo (Scholastic Inc.; $5.21). Explain how they can make shapes with their bodies. Assist three children who are lying on the floor to make a triangle, or help four children form a square. Can they make a circle with their arms?