Babies primarily learn through their senses during the early years, so as an educator it is very important for us to harness that learning process in safe and fun ways. Using heat, cold, rough, smooth, fragrant and stinky items all appeal to these senses and open up a whole new world of learning for young children.
baby sensory play activites
Anyone who has a young child or is a teacher for young children, this lady's blog is BRILLIANT with fun learning ideas.
Homemade pet jelly fish. that's about the neatest thing EVER. I did this with my 3rd, 4th and 5th grade class. Told them to bring in a bottle and a bag. Some of the kids brought it in and the rest of the kids thought it was dumb. After we did this project, the kids who thought it was dumb, didn't think so anymore. Kids who made them, named them and love them at home now.
Make your own "jellyfish" out of a clear plastic bag! Tutorial. This is so clever & kids would love it! 1. A transparent plastic grocery bag 2. A plastic water bottles. 3. Thread 4. Food coloring 5. Scissors
Look closely: students folded white paper in half, wrote their names in cursive, and cut out around their names - this formed the body. They added the head, arms,and legs then mounted their "name skeletons" on black construction paper!
Painted bread (milk and food coloring) then toasted!
Something to make the grandmas..
After reading a wintry book, allow your students to make snow paint. Snow paint is inexpensive, easy to make, and tons of fun. To make snow paint simply mix equal amounts of white glue and shaving cream together. Cut out various winter shapes such as snowmen and snowflakes from cardstock. Allow your little ones to spread their snow all over their shapes. When the snow paint dries, it will become puffy. Your students will have a blast with this activity!
The best play dough recipe ever - uses Jell-O to make it super soft and smells great!
for kids - make a rainbow :)