Sensory

Loose Leaf Tea Sensory Play

A is always excited to play with certain things when S is napping.  Many days,  like today,  that involves some sort of sensory play. 

After cleaning out our cupboards I realized we had a lot of tea that we do not like.  So that became our material for the day. 

We started off with the tea and chop sticks and making patterns/ letters.  Which lead to burying the chop sticks.  Which then turned into scooping the tea and pouring it in & out of the bag.  Then finally it made it to the typical A question,  “what happens when we add water?”  So we did.   I love watching & listening to her line of thought & questions. 

SKILLS: Self-directed play,  Cause & Affect, Fine Motor 

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Play Foam

We went shopping with Grammy the other day & A was excited to try this Play Foam.  So we decided it would be a fun $7 gift. 

The next time that just S was napping (as I did not trust him with this)  we grabbed a tale cloth and went to town.  

We had so much fun with this.  As A said,  “This is like play dough but only wroth more bubbles! “. We made different shapes,  worked on sharing, Listening to the different sounds it could make,  & imagining different animals.

SKILLS: Shapes,  Sensory, Sharing, Imagination, Sounds.

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Pizza Dough

So A has been excited about helping me to cook anytime I am in the kitchen now.  And our friend K has also started helping at times.  So I decided it would be fun to make our own pizza’s,  including the dough.  

After K got home from school we got started. (Now mind you I was prepared for a giant mess & was actually surprised how neat they were).  It was fun watching how excited they were with the whole experience!  (I mean when else are you told to spread flour all over the counter & then squish/ push/ fold fun dough?!) 

SKILLS: Cooking, Listening, Following directions

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Worms and Dirt 

So A was looking through the 150+ Activities book and got excited & asked if we could do an activity.  I decided to modify it a bit by using Oreos & Gummy worms to make it edible.   

So she & I took a walk to the grocery store  (which in itself was a blast & will be its own post soon so stay tuned) to get the things we needed. Then got straight to work when we got home. 

First step was for her to figure out how to crush the Oreos.  She tried her hands,  decided was not good.  Then her feet,  which was better.  Then grabbed a container and used it as a hammer.  All in all successful (& it was fun watching her try several things & not get discouraged that it did not work). 

Next we placed some worms & peach circles in & let her play as she saw fit for a bit.  Then we started hiding them, counting,  comparing, etc. Got to talk about subtracting when we ate some.  Then we even practiced tying knots with the worms! 

This was a great fun activity! 

SKILLS: Problem Solving,  Counting,  Sorting,  Subtracting, Matching, Tying. 

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Outside Play Garden

We have a small garden that does not seem to grow flowers well,  so I decided to change it around & make it more fun for the kids. 

A had a lot of fun going out & digging for the moss with me.  Now any time we are our she points out any that she sees. 

 A is happy digging in the dirt,  playing with the animals, & feeling the moss on her feet. 

I would call this a success. 

SKILLS:  Imagination,  Outside Play,  Getting Messy.

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Outdoors Oobleck

A found one of our books today, flipped through,  & then said she wanted to try this one.   So after checking it out & realizing we had everything (cornstarch,  water,  & food coloring)  we got down to business.  

A helped measure the cornstarch, added a few drops of blue food coloring to the water.  Then we headed outside to our little pool to play.  

It was fun watching (& playing with) this substance that is a liquid when sitting, but when you squeeze it is turns solid!

Both A & S had a fun time playing with the oobleck!

*Note: Clean up was easy. Used wet washcloth on the kids & then added more water & was able to easily rinse out the pool.

SKILLS:  Sensory, Imagination, Solid vs. Liquid.

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Water Beads

We stopped at the craft store this morning to grab some water beads.  We managed to find the ones that were not already enlarged so A could watch that process.  It was nice that it took only about 4 hours because we were able to start it before lunch and then by the time she was up from nap and snack they were ready to be played with.

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Mud & Tutus

So A used to struggle with some sensory situations.  (The feel of grass, rice,  ect). So it is wonderful to see her not just stomping in the mud puddles  (this has been a regular source of fun) but now getting it on her legs & hands.

SKILLS: Sensory,  Loving nature,  Imagination.

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Glow In The Dark Gelatin

Yesterday I made some Glow in the dark gelatin with the instructions from “150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids: The Very Best and Easiest Playtime Activities”. 

I decided to put it in a muffin tin and add random objects to each one.  

A was very excited to try this out,  so after breakfast we headed to the bath tub with the gelatin & a black light(as I was unsure how messy this would be).

She had a blast playing with it,  finding the objects,  squeezing it into small parts, ect.  Then when she was done with that,  we scooped up the bigger pieces & then added water to the tub to play in glowing water. (We added 1 more crushed vitamins to make it glow better).  She was even excited that the water was light yellow without the black licht.   I would call this a success.

SKILLS: Sensory,  Fine motor.

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Miniature Water Beads

I remember when A was excited to play with sticks, but did not want to touch messy things with her hands or feet.  So we have been working on sensory play.  Today it continued with Miniature Water Beads. Like this: http://www.funathomewithkids.com/2013/10/safe-edible-non-chokable-mini-water.html She had a blast.  We made: red, green, & blue. But then when we mixed them together the red was too much and they all turned purple. But she had a blast playing with them.

SKILLS: Sensory, Fine Motor. Colors

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