Category Archives: Sensory Play Non-Bin

How to Put Together a FULLY AWESOME Sandcastle Kit on a Budget

What is educational about sandcastles?
Beyond the fact that it is connecting with nature and engaging the senses, I love to use building a sandcastle as a chance to review medieval history. While building our sandcastles, we talk about the structures and their purposes such as the arrowslits, moat, and towers. Plus, working together on a larger shared plan is great for practicing cooperation and compromising.

When you get a group of homeschoolers together to build sandcastles, you want to do it up big, to give them a lot to work with and a good conversation starter about castles.

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Messy Playdate 2015: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Messy Playdates are a bit of a family tradition for us. This is our fourth year hosting a messy playdate, our second year having a theme, and our first year inviting EVERYONE in our local homeschool group to attend.

If you’d like to read about our previous messy playdates you can do so here (2014)here (2013), and here (2012).

The concept is pretty simple: keep things open ended, let the kids get creative, explore with materials that appeal to all 5 senses, have fun, and get messy.

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Kinetic Sand Bricks and Discount Code for an Awesome Book

A few months ago my children were given some kinetic sand for their birthdays. The texture of this stuff was fantastic, it was just like sand except it held shape and it was far easier to clean up. I immediately fell in love with kinetic sand, but still had no idea how to play with it.

So when I had the opportunity to read a book titled “35 Awesome Kinetic Sand Activities for Kids” (by Dyan Robson) I was excited.

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The Perfect Sandbox Mix

What would an outdoor play space be if it didn’t have a sandbox?

We’ve had our share of sandbox phases throughout the years. When LittleMan was just an infant, not quite old enough to be trusted not to eat a handful of sand, we filled his paddling pool with colored rice and construction vehicles. After that we moved on to a small sensory bin of plain sand. Then a sensory bin of plain sand and water. As he gets older though, he has more of an interest in designing sand castles and digging elaborate tunnels. These activities require just the right sand mix so they don’t crumble apart.

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Outdoor Water Wall

In the hot summer months, playing with water is an excellent way to cool off, but I don’t always have the ability to fill up the paddling pools for them to have a dip. A water wall is a great compromise, a way to play in water and cool off, but without all the prep work and hassle of filling and emptying their pools.

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Wonder Woman

One of the easiest and most fun children’s cosplays has got to be Wonder Woman. If you’ve got a bit of washable paint and some clothes line, you’re basically set.
Besides being super fun, face painting is also an awesome sensory  experience.

W is for Wonder Woman

Here’s the step-by-step on how SunnyGirl likes to dress up as DC’s most famous female character. (more…)

Snowman Stacker Discovery Bottles

After the success of our Jack-o-Lantern Discovery Bottles at Halloween, I knew I wanted to make something similar for the winter season so I gathered more empty peanut butter jars and set to work making these.

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Halloween Discovery Bottles

It has been a long time since we made any discovery bottles however this Halloween has provided us with the perfect excuse to throw some together!
Dollar Tree sells small jars of peanut butter which are short and round and just right for making pumpkin or jack-o-lantern discovery bottles.
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Messy Playdate 2014: A Roald Dahl Inspired Event

LittleMan is still working with early readers, however he has been a HUGE fan of chapter books since he was old enough to sit and listen to them read aloud. He is such a fan in fact that I eventually caved in and started getting him audio books because my throat couldn’t take reading aloud constantly. The first chapter books that he fell in love with were written by Roald Dahl: James and the Giant Peach, The BFG, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Magic Finger, and, his personal favorite, George’s Marvellous Medicine.
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