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Cleaning Buddies

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Transition Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center:

Transition

Content:

Self Help

Area:

Adaptive (self-help)

Age:

3 through 4 Years Old

Interaction:

Large Group

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Materials:

finger puppet for each child and teacher
toy dump truck



Instructions:

1. Store finger puppets (“cleaning buddies”) in a toy truck in a convenient and
easily accessible spot.
2. At cleanup time, the children and teachers wear their finger puppets and use
them to help in the cleaning process.
3. The children love the thought that the puppets are helping them. After
everything is clean, the children put their puppets back in the dump truck
until the next cleanup time.
More to do Math: Make a chart with all of the centers on them. The children can record
things such as which puppet cleaned the sand area, the dress-up area, and so
on. They can also estimate whose puppet will clean the most for a whole week
or day.


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