Swoop and Scoop

3-5 years
Child Development
Language/literacy links: Counting; vocabulary (number recognition, direction words); graphing .
Bottle scoop (see "Let's Make: Bottle Scoop", written below)
Paper crunched into balls
Bucket or basket
Physical Activity

Vigorous play (cardiovascular fitness); playing actively; developing spatial awareness and body control skills.

How to Play
  1. Scatter the paper balls on the floor and place the bucket nearby.
  2. Use the scoop to lift balls and place them gently in the basket.
  3. Make a trail of paper balls and scoop them up in order.
  4. Change hands: try with scoop in the other hand.
Change it up / Alternatives / Additional Options

To go with "Swoop and Scoop":

Let’s Make: Bottle Scoop

You will need:

An used plastic bottle, well washed (plastic milk bottles with handles are good).

How to make a bottle scoop:

  1. Using a pair of scissors, cut off the bottom of the bottle.
  2. Make an opening slanting back toward the handle or top.
  3. Cover the cut edges with duct tape so the edges are not sharp.

This activity aims to build the fundamental movement skills of locomotion and coordination.

Adapted from HOP.