Fine Motor: Pompom Sort

Materials Needed:

Paint containers with colored tops ( Here is the newer version of the ones I bought )

pompoms various colors and sizes

a tray
This activity is super simple but it can keep kids captivated for some time.
It works there knowledge base for color recognition, matching, and differentiation.
I literally just set the cups on the tray and then dumped a bag of pompoms on the tray that’s it super easy.
My son sat here for a while looking at the pompoms deciding which pompoms go in which container
Using their fingers to pick up and grasp the pompom and then to push it through the opening in the container is using their fine motor control and their pincer grasp.

Painting with Water

It has been so hot so in an effort to stay cool and to keep my kids entertained. I offered up a simple and fun activity. Painting with water. Some of the fringe benefits with this activity is there is little mess or clean up and you might actually get part of your yard cleaned.
Painting the bricks in our yard with water gives the illusion that there is actually a change in the color of the bricks that they really are being painted. Which they are but just with water so when the water evaporates which it does relatively quickly especially on hot days the bricks go back to their same color. Only slightly cleaner.
While painting my kids remain engaged, happy, and enthusiastic, and they work really hard.
Detail oriented kiddos get every brick. Just look at him go and now my bricks are nice and clean and my kids just spent an our cleaning whether they know it or not.
While painting it is hot so the water keeps evaporating off the bricks so the kids have to constantly go back to retrace their steps. This is awesome because it gets them that much more excited.
If you are  not in the mood for backyard water painting then you can do this simple activity. All you need is a :


bowl of water

piece of paper

paint brush, or sponge
Let the kids paint away with the water. It will change the color of their paper.
We used the pool noodle for stamping the water onto the paper
Afterwards we did some water color painting on we paper which is fun too. The color bleeds when it is one wet paper which creates a fun effect.
you can also add salt afterward just sprinkle some on top for more cool effects
squeezing water out of a sponge onto paper is another way to do this project and it also strengthens fine motor muscles
More water color painting on top of wet paper

Sink or Float Tray Experiment

Materials Needed:


bowl with water

random assortment of materials some that sink some that float
I taped off our tray into sections so once they figured out whether something sunk or float they could put it in one square or the other.
This is a fun game the kids love playing in water and they love discovering which items sink and which float. Its fun to if you want to let them go around and collect more items to discover if they sink or float. I also like having the kids make a hypothesis before they drop each item in to the water trying to guess if the item in question will sink or float.

Five Senses Curriculum: Taste

Activity 1: Snow cones:

  1. Bring in a ice shaver machine where children turn the dial to shave the ice. Have ice premade
  2. have children turn the lever at the top I usually have them work in groups of two one child turns the lever while another child holds the machine.
  3. Children pour a little juice on their cup of ice

Activity 2: Make Popcorn:

  1. use an air popper
  2. listen to the sound of the popping
  3. smell the scent of the popcorn cooking
  4. see the popcorn kernels come flying out
  5. feel the fluffy popcorn
  6. taste yummy popcorn

Activity 3: Taste Collage

Explain it is only okay this time to eat the paint and the art because you are using special paint and glue

  1. Jello (unmade just powder) 2 or more colors
  2. paper
  3. powder sugar and water- stir together to create a thin glue texture (this will be your glue)

1. Put dry jello in jars with shakers on top like a salt shaker container

2. Give each child an individual small bowl/cup of “glue” . They can use their fingers to spread it on their paper

3. Let the children shake the jello onto the “Glued” paper

Activity 4: Make your Own Trail Mix
baggies, bowls, spoons, items like raisins, plain granola, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, cheerios, etc
1. The child is allowed to take one spoonful from each bowl of their choosing and place it into their labeled baggy
2. close the baggy shake it all up and then enjoy

Activity 5: Taste Test
Chart,Sour- lemon, salty-pretzel, Bitter- dark chocolate, sweet-strawberry
1. Have children try a food from each category
2. chart their preferences did they like each item. graph the likes and dislikes for each item

Five Senses Curriculum: Sight

Activity 1: What Do I see?

Purpose to aid in sight skills and language development.

  1. This game is played by asking a child to describe the characteristics of an object in the room.  Such as I spy with my little eye….

2.  the other children can guess  the name of the object

ex. What has two hands, black numbers, and is big and round. Answer: Clock

Activity 2: Whats Missing

  1. Put 5 objects on a tray
  2. . tell the children to look at the objects and name them
  3.  remove the tray and take off one object from the tray while the children close their eyes.
  4.  put the tray in front of the children and see if they can guess which object is missing
  5. When this gets to easy for the children increase the number of objects on the tray.
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Activity 3:  Can you Follow Me?

    1. Start by making a motion like clapping hands.
    2. have children imitate action
    3. change action to something else like stomping feet
    4. have children imitate this action
    5. continue changing actions every minute without using words. You change the children should catch on and imitate each action with you without words
    6. Children are relying on their observation to change each action in accordance with the teachers actions.
    7. Let the children start leading in the actions and you and the other children follow.

Activity 4: Make Sensory Bottles
Discovery Bottle