About Sloppy Totts

An Educational Adventure Through The Senses!

Through the SLOPPY TOTTS program we will do the following:
1. Explore sound, texture, enhance social skills and investigation skills.
2. Participate in music, games and circle time activities
3. Offer discussion groups about important and interesting parenting topics
4. Encourage fine and gross motor skills
5. WE WILL HAVE LOADS OF FUN!


 

WHY “SLOPPY TOTTS”?
WHILE WE ALL PROCESS INFORMATION THROUGH OUR FIVE SENSES, BABIES AND TODDLERS RELY ON THEIR SENSE OF TOUCH – AND OFTEN TASTE – TO GAIN INSIGHT INTO THE WORLD AROUND THEM. LACKING THE KIND OF LANGUAGE SKILLS THAT ALLOW FOR QUESTIONING ASPECTS OF OUR ENVIRONMENT, YOUNG CHILDREN LEARN ABOUT THINGS NOT BY ASKING, BUT BY EXPLORING.

AT SLOPPY TOTTS, WE ARE COMMITTED TO CREATING A FUN, EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT WHERE CHILDREN CAN THRIVE. CREATING PATHWAYS FOR LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT IN A RELAXED, PLAYFUL ATMOSPHERE IS OUR PASSION. OUR INSTRUCTORS ARE WELL VERSED IN EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND ARE EXCITED ABOUT DESIGNING ACTIVITIES WHICH WILL ENHANCE LITTLE MINDS, BODIES AND SPIRITS! COME PLAY, LEARN AND GROW WITH US!


 

BENEFITS OF “SLOPPY TOTTS”

SELF-EXPRESSION: MESSY PLAY OFFERS KIDS A CHANCE FOR REAL SELF-EXPRESSION BECAUSE THERE IS NO “RIGHT” ANSWER. MATERIALS CAN BE WORKED AND REWORKED ENDLESSLY, MEANING A CHILD CAN CREATE SOMETHING AND RECREATE IT OVER AND OVER. UNLIKE PAINTING A PICTURE – WHICH REQUIRES A NEW BLANK PAGE IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND- SENSORY PLAY IS MALLEABLE AND RIPE FOR REINVENTION.

SELF-ESTEEM: SINCE MESSY PLAY IS NOT ABOUT A FINISHED PRODUCT, CHILDREN WHO MAY BE SENSITIVE ABOUT “FAILURE” OR PERFORMANCE CAN BUILD CONFIDENCE IN THIS PROCESS-FOCUSED ACTIVITY.

SOCIAL: MESSY PLAY IS UNIVERSALLY LOVED BY CHILDREN; WHETHER KIDS ARE PRE-LANGUAGE AND CAN’T TALK WITH ONE ANOTHER, OR ARE JUST MEETING FOR THE FIRST TIME, PLAYING WITH SENSORY MATERIALS IN A GROUP FOSTERS BONDING AS CHILDREN DISCOVER ASPECTS OF THE MATERIAL TOGETHER, NO LANGUAGE REQUIRED!

INVESTIGATION SKILLS: CHILDREN HONE BASIC PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS EACH TIME THEY ARE ALLOWED TO MANIPULATE MATERIALS AND OBJECTS FREELY. KIDS GAIN A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF CAUSE AND EFFECT – WHY DOESN’T THE BUBBLE POP WHEN IT LANDS GENTLY ON MY HAND? WHY DOES THE ICE-CUBE MELT FASTER IF I SHAKE IT?

PRE-MATH CONCEPTS: WHEN CHILDREN EXPLORE MATERIALS THEY CAN MANIPULATE ON THEIR OWN, OFTEN THEY ARE ALSO EXPLORING SHAPES, SPATIAL RELATIONSHIPS AND SEQUENCES. FOR EXAMPLE MAKING A “CAKE” OUT OF PLAY DOUGH AND CUTTING IT INTO SLICES IS A PRECURSOR TO FRACTIONS; POURING SAND INTO A FUNNEL DEALS WITH VOLUME.