Normally when we do our addition and subtraction work, we use glass gems as our counters. For a fun change of pace, we used water beads the other day. Funny how something so simple, seemingly unimportant, made LittleMan excited to do his basic addition practice.
While the Reggio approach to early childhood education is not quite right for our family, I’ve always admired the beautiful materials used. Specifically the attention to light and reflection which seems to captivate the children exposed to these nurturing environments.
We’ve long had a light table for the children to play on, but we’ve only recently made them a mirror box. Reflections are after-all one of the most basic forms of optical illusions…
Mirror boxes really are quite simple to make. You merely need (more…)
We are pretty big TMNT fans around here, so coming up with a new idea for this post was a little trying. We already shared 15 things you can do with your TMNT fan and last October we talked about our TMNT family group costume and a TMNT small world play activity. This time I thought I’d focus on just the sensory aspect of play, but LittleMan surprised me by creating an elaborate storyline using the very few utensils I provided.
For this activity I (more…)
Sensory play is a big part of our lives and it is actually what bring us the majority of our readers (like you). I have always been eager to connect with others who do sensory play and eager to share our ideas for sensory play, so I’ve written quite a bit about it. The two most important posts about sensory play are our why and how posts:
– What is the point of a sensory bin? explains the why
– Sensory Bin 101 explains the how
Beyond that we have a wealth of ideas for sensory play ranging from simple to elaborate.
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Sandpaper cards are fantastic for learning letter formation, but lets face it, if you don’t change things up once in a while you (and your children) can get tired of the same ole-same ole.
Here is a super simple way of practicing letter formation, all you need is a plastic baggie, some dish soap or hair gel, food coloring or liquid water colors(optional), and duct tape (also optional).
I’m not a Mountain Dew drinker but some of my in-laws are and they recently left a few of these empty green soda bottles behind after a visit. To me, something about these green bottles just screamed “St Patricks Day activity!” At first I toyed with cutting them up to use as funnels and tubes in a sensory bin but then I settled on the classic non-toy that both of my children love: Discovery Bottles.
I didn’t have any shamrock confetti or anything really cool on hand but I didn’t want to spend any money to make these so I had to improvise. (more…)
If you happen to be lucky enough to have snow outside, you might consider bringing some of it in to play with. (more…)
Here is a simple open-ended Valentines play activity to engage the senses, practice fine motor skills, and explore a bit of pre-K science.
As a slight twist on a sensory bin, I offered up some Christmas decorations and holiday items in our sled. (more…)
Water walls are a lot of fun but can also be a lot of mess. If you don’t have the option to make one outside then the next best place might be the bathtub.
SunnyGirl recently learned how to use an eye dropper, so I thought a smaller water wall would be a fun place to explore with this new found skill. (more…)