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.
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.
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.
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
Categories: DIY, Sensory
Tags: DIY, Mess, Sensory
We made “Cloud Dough”. You can squeeze it and shape it and then you can touch it and it crumbles back apart. We made it with 1/2 cup veggie oil (can also use Baby Oil, but I wanted it to be safer in case A tried to eat it) and 4 cups of Flour. This worked well, but I think the Baby Oil would make it just a little softer.
She enjoyed playing with the cups and then after awhile she would touch it with her fingers. No real grabbing yet, but we will keep playing!
SKILLS: Fine Motor, Sensory
We didn’t get around to carving our pumpkins before Halloween, so today we enjoyed painting pumpkins (and of course as A does, herself….). The finished pumpkins turned out pretty cool. (Note, we sat them outside and the cold weather caused the Tempura paint to start chipping and created a pretty neat affect).
SKILLS: Fine Motor. Sensory.