Sensory Play is ON!
Emma is on speech therapy and occupational therapy. As part of our “homework”, I would like to share some of our favorite sensory play activities, so you can add to your list as well!
I personally recommend you schedule times of the day or days of the week that your kid can expect to use the sensory boxes. Because most pieces and toys are tiny, don’t leave your child unattended. Boxes with lids are our favorite and you can color code by choosing different lids.
Jell-O play dough
Here’s what you need:
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup salt
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
- 1 package of Jell-O (sugar-free or regular)
Mix all the ingredients together and cook over low on the stove. Stir frequently. I used a whisk to get rid of the clumps and then cooked for 5-7 minutes, stirring with a spatula. Once the dough starts to gather into a ball and doesn’t stick to your fingers, then you can take it off the stove. After it cools for a minute, knead it on a cutting board. You can color with food coloring and store in Ziploc containers.
Soap Foam (from Teaching Mama)
Here is what you need:
- food processor, blender, or quick stir pitcher (here is an alternative)
- dish soap
- food coloring
- squeeze bottles
Pour 2 tablespoons of dish soap, a few drops of food coloring, and 1/4 cup of water into a food processor or blender.
Here are some tips:
- After you fill the squeeze bottles, you may want to shake the bottle before squeezing to help it come out better
- If you see liquid forming in the bottom, just shake the bottle to make it foamy again
- Cut the tip off a bit to help the foam come out better
- If you use gel food coloring, you may want to rinse it off the sidewalk after the activity to make sure it doesn’t stain the sidewalk
- Make sure to use the soap foam bottles right away. They lose their foam if they sit too long.
Please do some research and find the ones you like the most. You can find on Amazon the Tapioca Pearls (your kid can ingest them and be fine) and the traditional ones (those “non-toxic” words do not convince me)
We put the beads in a container with little fish from the Dollar Store and a fish net and Emma played with it for the longest time. Fishing is fun, isn’t it?
Emma loves her little princesses and they help her so much with memory, math, and overall imagination. She tells stories, counts them, separates them by dress color, or pairs up the “sisters”. Mom may or may not have more fun with this than the little one. The ones on the pictures are available at Walmart (whenever you are at the check out line, on your right, bottom shelf)
Black Beans Box
In a box, you can add one pound of black beans, some Dollar Store faux flowers and small plastic pots. The purpose is to plant the flowers using the beans as soil.
Other activity you can do with beans is to grow them in a Ziploc bag. You can add some soil, a few beans and water it. Flatten the soil and stick them to the window, so the kids can follow the growth of the seeds. You can try flower seeds too. After they grow, you can move them to a planter or pot.
Picture from the Internet.
Building with blocks is a lot of fun, and we can use blocks inside when the weather does not help. We also use blocks to measure how long or tall some toys are. Here, Emma was measuring her Logan. Poor puppy.