A whole lot of holes!

We recently explored about a billion activities related to exploring and making holes. Okay, well perhaps not quite that many but we did enjoy a whole week of exploring a whole lot of holes. From punching holes in paper to hiding objects in holes on the light table, the intriguing and simple ways young children can explore holes are just endless…

A whole lot of holes by Teach Preschool

If you happen to have a copy of the book “Beautiful Oops” by Barney Saltzberg on hand, you will notice two beautiful pages contributed to exploring holes as part of making an “oops” into something creative and interesting. I shared these two pages with the kids (although the entire book is awesome) for the purpose of focusing their attention on our topic of holes…

A whole lot of holes by Teach Preschool

The children looked through the holes in our book and discovered lots of color and design…

A whole lot of holes by Teach Preschool

And then the book was left out near our light table for those who might like to look at it during center time (I had two copies that I left out)…

A whole lot of holes by Teach Preschool

We also spent a few minutes as a large group looking over everyday objects that have holes and how the holes help us use those objects…

A whole lot of holes by Teach Preschool

And then the children went off to the centers where they found many different ways to create with holes.  The centers I am sharing below were shared throughout a whole week and some of the centers were set up for our preschool class while some of them were set up for our prekindergarten class….

A whole lot of holes by Teach Preschool

Holes at the Light Table

At the light table, the children dropped gems through holes using their fine motor skills to pick them up and drop them…

A whole lot of holes by Teach Preschool

A second way the children explored holes at the light table was to fill up small holes with liquid water color. The children were able to mix the colors or simply focus on mastering their use of the pipette to transfer the color from one hole to the next…

A whole lot of holes by Teach Preschool

Painting through Holes…

The preschool class painted through holes. They simply placed their white painting paper underneath the black paper with holes then painted through the black holes…

A whole lot of holes by Teach Preschool

After the paint dried, the children found that they now had lots of colorful dots on their paper left behind from painting through all those holes…

A whole lot of holes by Teach Preschool

Threading through Holes

It is always a challenge for young children to thread a hole but the children were up to the challenge…

A whole lot of holes by Teach Preschool

The children used fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, concentration, and creativity to thread yarn or pipe cleaners through beads and fruit loops…

A whole lot of holes by Teach Preschool

Containers with Holes

The children also used wooden tongs to pick up pompoms and drop them through containers will various sized holes…

A whole lot of holes by Teach Preschool

Punching Holes

Another type of challenge the children explored was punching holes.  In this case, the children used a tool to punch holes in a letter “H”…

A whole lot of holes by Teach Preschool

Some of our hole punching tools were much more difficult to use than others. So the children found which ones they could manipulate the best and punched all the holes they wished…

A whole lot of holes by Teach Preschool

This little one was mostly interested in punching hearts out of the letter H and in the end made her own heart bracelet with hearts and clear packing tape…

A whole lot of holes by Teach Preschool

The second approach to punching holes was by using a sharp tool like a tack to punch tiny holes through paper. The top paper was a pattern the children could use and the bottom paper was a solid color…

A whole lot of holes by Teach Preschool

Once the children finished punching holes through their paper, they were able to hold the paper up to the light and see the light shine through the holes in their paper…

A whole lot of holes by Teach Preschool

The third approach to punching holes was by using toothpicks to punch holes in play dough…

A whole lot of holes by Teach Preschool

There are so many ways to explore the creative processes and tools for making holes and each of them are intriguing to young children.  You may have concern that using a toothpick to poke a whole is dangerous but let me encourage you to sit down at a table with your students and explore the process.  Trust that your students are far more capable than you might really know…

A whole lot of holes by Teach Preschool

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About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

8 Comments

  1. LaQuetha November 19, 2014 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    This is great. I can’t wait to try out some these ideas in our class.

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas with us. I really appreciate all the work you put into your blog. I know it takes a lot of time and you are already busy with teaching. Thanks!!!

    LaQuetha

  2. Barbaral December 1, 2014 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Hi Deborah and crew,
    Are you moving away from daily blog this year and posting more on facebook? Thanks for your great ideas!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 2, 2014 at 1:13 am - Reply

      Hi Barbara,
      That isn’t actually the plan. I just haven’t had a “crew” to help me this year and so I am struggling to keep up with everything like I have in the past. Hoping to come to some kind of routine soon!

  3. Jennifer Tammy December 6, 2014 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    So much fun! We just bought this book, I love how varied the opportunities you provided are — we’ll have to try piping on the light table!

  4. Natasha January 10, 2015 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Love the painting in holes and push pin holes. Going to have to give thsee two a try.

  5. Rocio G. Castanedo January 14, 2015 at 4:23 am - Reply

    Deborah, I´ve seen you are not posting anymore since November… I hope everything is alright for you and your family.

    Best wishes from Madrid.

  6. Janet T. January 22, 2015 at 11:33 am - Reply

    Have you stopped your blog?

  7. S. Embree February 2, 2015 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    I haven’t been receiving any email posts in almost 2 months, or so it seems. Could you please check. I went to subscribe again but the message was that I was already signed in. I really enjoy your books and your posts, and learn a great deal from you. Many, many thanks.

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