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: Pompom Sort

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Materials Needed:

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

pompoms various colors and sizes

a tray
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This activity is super simple but it can keep kids captivated for some time.
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It works there knowledge base for color recognition, matching, and differentiation.
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I literally just set the cups on the tray and then dumped a bag of pompoms on the tray that’s it super easy.
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My son sat here for a while looking at the pompoms deciding which pompoms go in which container
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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.
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Painting with Water

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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.
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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.
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While painting my kids remain engaged, happy, and enthusiastic, and they work really hard.
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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.
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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.
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If you are  not in the mood for backyard water painting then you can do this simple activity. All you need is a :

Tray

bowl of water

piece of paper

paint brush, or sponge
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Let the kids paint away with the water. It will change the color of their paper.
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We used the pool noodle for stamping the water onto the paper
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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.
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you can also add salt afterward just sprinkle some on top for more cool effects
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squeezing water out of a sponge onto paper is another way to do this project and it also strengthens fine motor muscles
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More water color painting on top of wet paper
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Sink or Float Tray Experiment

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Materials Needed:

Tray

bowl with water

random assortment of materials some that sink some that float
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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.
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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.
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