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Top 10 Fun Sensory Activities to do at Home

 

1. Water Play: taking a bath, washing babies or Legos in the sink with soap wash clothes and water.

2. Shaving Cream: you can do this on a cookie sheet or even during bath time put some on the surround of the bathtub. You can make it bathtub paints by using a muffin tin, put shaving cream in each and then mix a drop of food coloring in each, add a paint brush and they are ready to be Picasso in the tub.

3. Play Dough here are a couple of our favorite recipes http://www.prekinders.com/play-dough-recipes/, add more to it by just adding a drop of lavender oil or even add a little sand for texture.

4. Sensory Walk: I love taking sensory walks this time of year, go outside and listen, look, touch, taste (edibles only) and smell. Then talk about each of the items.

5. Cloud Dough: mix about 4 cups of flour to ½ cup of oil and mix, put it a plastic tub with spoons, measuring cups and you have fun for hours

6. Sensory Bottles: clean out small old pop/water/juice bottles and add water, food coloring and a little vegetable oil, popcorn kernels, water glitter and oil, beans or whatever you can fit in the bottle. Take a glue gun and put some in the cap and screw it on quickly.

7. Remove a Sense: use a blindfold to focus on using other senses as they move around the room

8. Walk inside and outside with no socks on

9. Dirt Play/Sand/Mud Pies: go outside and give your child old pie tins spoons and cups and their imagination will run wild.

10. Colored Rice or Noodles: super easy a little planning ahead for a lot of fun: you will need 1 large bag of rice cheaper the better, you can use either vinegar or rubbing alcohol, food coloring, gallon bags, and a cookie sheet or two. I put two cups of rice in each bag along with 1 tsp. of rubbing alcohol. Then add a generous amount of food coloring mixing colors if needed to get the right color. Seal the bag and shake, squish, and smoosh until all the color is distributed evenly. The smell of the alcohol/vinegar goes away once it is fully dried. Another variation of this is to cook the noodles with a couple tablespoons of vinegar and food coloring and drain it let it cool and then let the children explore.

 

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Sensory Sanity

We do a lot of sensory activities, which means that we use A LOT of sensory materials.  Making sure that we have everything that we need for an activity is important.  No one wants to disappoint a room full of preschoolers who just want to make flubber!

The best solution the we have found for cataloguing our supplies, is also the best solution for storing them. We use Rubbermaid Kitchen containers to store supplies.  Not only do these keep the supplies fresh, and the critters away, but they are clear, so we can always see what we need more of.

The containers are available in a number of different sizes, so that you can store and entire bag of flour, or a single carton of baking soda.  They range in price from 3.99-9.99 depending on size, and completely worth the investment.  We’ve all had the avalanche of Ziploc bags, we consider these an essential!

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