Flour Sifter

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We have a make-shift sensory tub that often makes its way into the middle of our kitchen where we conduct experiments, make "cakes and pies," and mess around with the feel of stuff. Some of the things we've filled it with are dry beans, oobleck, jello, vinegar and baking soda, and rice. I'm always on the lookout for neat-o objects that might challenge and delight my child, … [Read more...]

Jell-O Excavation | Sensory Play for Kids

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We had fun excavating Jello today... I placed little toy animals in a bundt pan full of Jello, and then refrigerated it overnight. This afternoon, it was open for investigation. Hmmmm, feels kind of funny. "How can I get the animals out?" "With a knife!" A butter knife, of course. Because the allure of plain ol' Jello would only go so far, we … [Read more...]

Defrosting Animals

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Although we live in mostly Sunny California, I've been inspired by all of the snow and ice activities I've been reading about in the blog world lately. Sensory activities always go over well in our house, and I had a feeling this would work out in my favor. Right after my daughter turned two, she was fascinated by all-things-ice. Here she on a plane, happily pouring ice … [Read more...]

Sensory play for Babies

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It's exciting to see a baby emerge from the shell of sleepiness and into the world of awareness; a transition that becomes more obvious as she mimics a smile, tracks movement above her head, or is surprised by sounds. One of our family's favorite activities for tactile awareness is to gently billow and twirl a colorful scarf above and over the baby's head, bringing huge … [Read more...]

Squeezing Paint

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I set N up with some paint pots and a large sheet of paper -- our favorite way to paint big as of late. After smearing some paint around and taking a few stabs at mixing colors, she asked me for more purple paint. The paint pot wasn't empty, and the real story ended up being that she wanted to SQUEEZE more paint into the paint pot. Of course she did! Toddlers adore squeezing, … [Read more...]

Flour and Water

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We recently attended a back-to-school event at my daughter's preschool, where her teacher shared a funny and inspiring story that involved a messy flour and water sensory activity. With my ears on the alert for fun and thoughtful creativity-builders, I knew immediately that this was something we had to try. It's unbelievably simple and requires no art supplies...all you need is … [Read more...]

Wonderful Whiteboarding

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If you've been following me, you probably know that I love introducing my daughter to a variety of media.  When I went on maternity leave a couple years ago, this little dry erase board came home from the office with me, and it's now a spot where N can freely draw while we brew our morning coffee and heat up oatmeal. We also have the Ikea easel, which has a dry erase board on … [Read more...]