Archive for Sensory Play

Ice Playdate

Friday, July 4th, 2014

 

Summer always screams ice playdate to me. So we kicked off our Summer playdate with a fun ice party. I use some very large bowls to create our giant icebergs. I was blessed with a large stand up freezer so it just takes some clever Tetris style rearranging to make room for these beauties. I think it is so worth it don’t you?


Some pie pans came into play as well. I almost never throw away disposeable pie pans. I use them for painting with toy cars, fingerpainting, and shallow ice making. They stack pretty well. Throw in some limes from your lime tree like i did, glass beads, water beads, marbles, small toys or necklaces. Whatever you can think of top make some fun treasure hunting in the ice.

Ice building in the sand box has become a favorite every year. Use old yogurt containers, ice trays, or in our case some ice shot glass makers to create fun ice building blocks for the sand table.

I froze some tempera paint from lake shore learning to create some fun ice paint it oozes as it melts the kids just love it!

More pictures of the awesomeness. Our sand building, the giant iceberg waiting for ice cream salt and food coloring to make caverns of color. and frozen treasure hunting in the water table


This year I also supervised them using hammers to crush the ice. they had to wear safety goggles while doing this. They loved it!

More fun with icebeads! Check out my post on ice beads

Check out last years ice play date for even more great ideas!

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Sensory Table: Rock Quarry

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

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We are talking about community helpers. So I decided we needed a rock quarry complete with Quarriers (people who work in the quarry) or in our case machines that work in the quarry.
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We talked about different jobs in the quarry.
Here are some names of jobs and positions you might find in a quarry

Stone Cutter
Mason
Quarry Worker
Stone Worker
Quarrying Specialist
Driller
Blaster
Rock Splitter

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The kids enjoyed moving the rocks around the quarry sensory table.
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Materials Needed:
Rocks ( I bought these at Michaels they were just decorative rocks)
Machines that would be used in a Quarry

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Iceberg Sensory Table

Monday, May 19th, 2014

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We made icebergs or Igloos in our sensory table!
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I filled water balloons with water. My freezer takes 48 hours to completely freeze a water balloon. So I only froze these for 24hours. That way I knew there would be a week point and hollow center. I filled the bottom of the bin with some gravel and tore the balloons open. Which also filled the sensory bin with very cold water. Added our little cold weather friends and the kids explored!
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Sensory Table and PVC Pipes

Friday, May 16th, 2014

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While studying bugs we were talking about ants and their tunneling systems they create.
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To give the kids a better understanding of what we were talking about I added PVC pipes to the sensory table with different connectors. I had meant to buy black beans to represent the ants. But used what I had on hand which were black eyed peas.
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The kids had a blast building and creating more “tunnels”
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Real Worms Sensory Table

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

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This table is not for everyone. But My kids loved it. I bought organic dirt and worms!
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The boys especially loved this table there were some girls too who really liked it.
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If this table is not for you, you can always use plastic bugs like the ones below.
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