Insect Theme Sensory Table

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Materials Needed:
Cocoa mulch (gardening store) it smells amazingly chocolatey
plastic bugs
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Materials Needed:
Dried White Beans
Dried green split peas
dried orange split peas
plastic bugs

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Kinetic Sand

Make a little…

INGREDIENTS

5 cups sand
1c+ 1/8 cup corn starch
1 teaspoon dish soap (e.g. Dawn Dishwashing Liquid)
water (about 1 cup)
optional: 1 teaspoon Tea Tree Oil (for antibacterial properties)

DIRECTIONS

Put sand in a container
Add corn starch and mix thoroughly
Mix water & dish soap, then add to sand
Mix thoroughly and enjoy!!

Store in a covered container.

Variation: Add dry tempera paint to sand when adding cornstarch to add some color to the sand.

NOTE: adjust water depending on how wet your sand is, since this varies a LOT it’s impossible to tell you exactly how much you’ll need. I used 6 cups total in the BIG 50 pound recipe below and had to let it dry a little, which is fine to do. Don’t dump in 6 cups to start because your plain sand may be more wet than mine was. Where I bought it, they store the sand outside and it’s damp. The amount of moisture in your sand will make a big difference in how this turns out. But, if it gets more wet than you want, it’s fine just leave the top off of container and it will dry. You can store it in a sealed container. After 3 months ours did not smell and was not dry. But, if yours gets dry you can add water to it.

Make a lot…

INGREDIENTS:

50 lb. bag of Play Sand, $2.47 at Home Depot
(approx 25 cups = 50 lbs)
6 Cups of corn starch
1 1/2 Tablespoon dish soap (e.g. Dawn Dishwashing Liquid)
Water (start with 3 cups, add more as needed – 1 cup at a time)
optional: approx 1 tablespoon Tea Tree Oil (for antibacterial properties)

NOTE: adjust water depending on how wet your sand is, since this varies a LOT it’s impossible to tell you exactly how much you’ll need. I used 6 cups total for the 50 pound recipe and had to let it dry a little, which is fine to do. Don’t dump in 6 cups to start because your plain sand may be more wet than mine was. Where I bought it, they store the sand outside and it’s damp. The amount of moisture in your sand will make a big difference in how this turns out. But, if it gets more wet than you want, it’s fine just leave the top off of container and it will dry. You can store it in a sealed container. After 3 months ours did not smell and was not dry. But, if yours does get dry you can add water to it.

DIRECTIONS

Put sand in a big container (plastic tubs with lids work great!)
Add corn starch and mix thoroughly using your hands or a shovel
Mix water & dish soap, then add to sand
Mix thoroughly and enjoy!!

Fine Motor: Water Transfer to Muffin Tins

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Water transfer is a fun activity that uses fine motor skills but it can get a little boring if you are always using the same two jars. So why not spiff it up a bit. We used some silicone muffin molds to create a bit more fun in a water transfer activity.
IMG_20160329_113332493My little one likes squirting the water onto the sponge watching it absorb and then moving it into the mold. That’s awesome because it uses even more fine motor skills then I had anticipated him using

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IMG_20160329_113543783Getting the last drops of water when the baster couldn’t get anymore water he stuck the sponge in to finish the job. Awesome problem solving going on here.

IMG_20160329_113916792And squeezing out those last few drops

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Thanksgiving: Turkey and Stuffing Play dough

Materials Needed:
2 c. flour
1 c. salt
4 tsp. cream of tartar
2 c. water
4 tbsp. oil
Brown food coloring
1 pkg of chicken flavoring (from a Ramen Noodle package)
1/2 tsp poultry seasoning (I buy mine at the dollar store)
1/2 tsp parsley

Directions:
1. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl
2. Mix wet ingredients in a pot over medium heat
3. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients stirring constantly
4. Cook over medium heat or in an electric skillet until it congeals.
5. Remove from heat and put on wax paper.
6. It will be hot! Knead when it is cool.
7. After it is cooled keep it in an airtight container. This dough keeps well and does not crumble.

Spice Play Dough

Materials Needed:
1 cup water
1 cup Flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tbs oil (vegetable, canola, or baby oil)
Food coloring
1 tbs of Spice (Ginger- use yellow food coloring, Cinnamon- use red food coloring, Nutmeg- use brown food coloring, Cloves- use orange food coloring etc) Really its endless you decide the spice and the color you would like it to be or just leave it the natural off white with spicy grains throughout.

Directions:
1. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl
2. Add water and oil and food coloring or variation (koolaid, extract, etc)
3. Cook over medium heat or in an electric skillet until it congeals.
4. Remove from heat and put on wax paper.
5. It will be hot! Knead when it is cool.
6. After it is cooled keep it in an airtight container. This dough keeps well and does not crumble.