Fine Motor and Science- Absorption

fine motor absorptionSo you may be wondering how fine motor ties into this, well lets look at what the components of this project are so we can find where fine motor comes into play. Below is our initial set up. Pretty simple a bowl of water with some liquid water colors to add some pretty color, a pipette, and a bowl of cotton balls on a tray. The use of the pipette puts the hand in a pincer grasp and while coaxing the water into the pipette your child is using their fine motor skills. Also the picking up and moving of the cotton balls is using their fine motor skills as well.

Absorption is when the cotton ball absorbs or soaks up the liquid. So we started this by asking the kids to make 3 puddles of liquid on their tray.
IMG_20160329_110724435They then took a single cotton ball and soaked up the first puddle.

IMG_20160329_110736101Then the second puddle was soaked up

IMG_20160329_110745614and then the third puddle. Once they had absorbed all the puddles they used the pipette to continue to add water until the cotton ball could absorb no more and the liquid leaked from it.

IMG_20160329_110827284Once the water started leaking from the cotton ball we started the process all over again with another cotton ball and then another.

IMG_20160329_110907266Using the same basic methods as before seeing how how much each cotton ball could absorb.

IMG_20160329_110935479When they were all done seeing how much liquid they could get into each cotton ball.

IMG_20160329_111455040They squeezed all the liquid back out of the cotton ball using again their fine motor skills.


Fizzy Slime and Goo Playdate with Recipes

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fizzy slimeYou can find the recipe for my Fizzy Bubbling Dinosaur Slime here

Wonderfully Scented Moon Sand

I used one cup of baking soda t0 1-2 packets of koolaid. I also added some washable liquid watercolors to give these a deeper color. Super easy just mix it all together
then add water 1 tbs at a time till you get the right consistency. You want to be able to mold these. When you are all done playing with these add some viniegar and watch the reaction as it bubbles and fizzes.
One of my favorite things to make is Clean Mud
click on the above link for my super easy recipe. I almost garuntee you will have all the ingredients already in your house.

We microwave our ivory soap instead of grating it because it is super fun and an experiment all unto itself.

  • Cook the bar of soap on HIGH for 2 minutes. Don’t take your eyes off the bar of soap as it begins to expand and erupt into beautiful puffy clouds. Be careful not to overcook your soap souffle.
  • Allow the soap to cool for a minute or so before touching it.
  • Only cook one bar at a time
I also made some of my Gel Goop
I just colored it with some liquid washable water colors
I also made some of my Borax Slime
I added some chunky glitter to it
And some of my stretchy slime using clear school glue and liquid water colors
We also made small color explosion volcanos.
Click the above link for step by step with lots of pictures instructions on how to do this fun experiment
Above is some Oobleck.
All you need is corn starch and water food coloring is optional.Recipe:
– 1 cup water
– 1.5-2 cups corn starch
– a few drops of food coloring of your choice

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Ice Playdate


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!

Sensory Table: Rock Quarry

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.
We talked about different jobs in the quarry.
Here are some names of jobs and positions you might find in a quarry

Stone Cutter
Quarry Worker
Stone Worker
Quarrying Specialist
Rock Splitter

The kids enjoyed moving the rocks around the quarry sensory table.







Materials Needed:
Rocks ( I bought these at Michaels they were just decorative rocks)
Machines that would be used in a Quarry

Or use mixed beans as your base

Iceberg Sensory Table

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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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