Ater our last slime we decided to try another one that would stretch better. So this time we tried Saline Slime by Little Bins for Little Hands. This is by far our favorite slime so far! (Easy to make, not too sticky/ messy).
We decided it would be a fun day to paint, but wanted to try something new. So, after a bit of Googling we decided to try painting with coffee.
I made up 3 cups because I didn’t want to miss out on the fun! Then we grabbed some leaves and acorns with our paper & paint brushes and got to playing!
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.