Sensory

Activity: MESSY Colored Shaving Cream

We have not done much with messy activities lately, and now I might remember why… We usually use liquid food coloring, but only had gel food coloring, so I used that… Not quite as good. But, the kids had fun, mostly…

I started with a little foam Shaving cream, then a couple of drops of food coloring, then a bit more shaving cream to hide the color. I used the 3 primary colors (red, yellow, & blue) with the hopes of talking about mixing colors.

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Art: Pouring Paint

A day off from school, rain, & a bit of a cough means it is the perfect day to finally try Pouring Paint!

First we set up some large cardboard boxes on the floor (easiest way to contain the mess with 2 kids), & got our supplies ready. A & S each picked 3 colors to start with.

We had 1 cup for each color. Then we added Pouring Medium to each cup & stirred it well.

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Activity: Ice Excavation 

So we set up this project several days ago.  Took it out a couple times to do it,  but got busy & put it back in the freezer.   Today was the day for our ice excavation. 

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Our favorite slime yet! 

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).

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Painting With Coffee

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! 

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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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