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Learning with play dough

My daughter loves playing with play dough so this time we made it a real learning experance.Here is what we did with play dough and pieces of yarn. 

First we put the pieces of string in size order going from biggest to smallest. (While teaching her what size order is)

Then we did shape with the yarn in the play dough. (my daughter does know her shapes but has trouble making them still.)

Then we went over the sense of touch. (some yarn felt different from other yarn especially in the play dough.)

Last thing we did was take pictures. (my daughters new favorite hobby, as you can see the top left is her own picture.)


Wet/dry bin

Teaching wet/dry with this simple bin. (This was more for my baby then my 3 year old(sense she knows the difference all ready) but she loved playing in it anyway.

Shaker paint!

Easy and fun to do!
Cut a piece of paper to fit the bottom of a continer (can tape it to bottom if you would like) Then add smal lobejcts to the continer (we used rocks) and add soem paint (not a lot) put on the lid and let ur little one have fun shake it making a unique picture everytime!

Art with kool aid-

First using water and a paint brush make a picture on a piece of paper. Make sure it is pretty wet. Once done sprinkle some powered kool aid on the paper and watch as your water picture takes on some pretty colors!


kool aid water colors-

Add kool aid packs to water to make some good smelling water paint!

My size sensory pool

My size sensory pool 
For ours we put in shred paper and animals to make it a "pet store"


Cotton ball rainbow

Cotton ball rainbow
Made but painting and glueing cotton balls to paper. 
My 3 year old got bored towards the end as you can see

baked cotton balls/ sensory play

In a big bowl mix 2 cups of flour with 2 n half cups of water. Then split up into bowls and add some food coloring. (we used 4 bowls one for each color) Once mixed well dip cotton balls into each color and ocne covered fully place on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with oil. (have fun mixing colors and making new colors) Then baked at 300 Degrees for 45 minutes. After done cooking let cool and have fun breaking them open. If your kid is old enough let them try with a hammer.

Painting with flowers

Recently we went to a farm and picked some flowers, now that they are starting to die we decided to make the most out of them so this is what we did.

Painting using flowers. 
Smells good, and each flower feels different so it also good for teaching about sense.

silhouette painting

silhouette painting
First pick out what you would like your picture to be. (me and my daughter picked a deer) Then either print one out from your computer or draw one on a piece of paper.(to find our deer picture I googled deer templates then printed one from there ) try to make it simple. Cut it out and tape it to a piece of paper. After done have fun painting the whole paper. (maybe add some glitter) Once done painting remove the tape and picture and let dry.


Peach smoothies!

blend toghter-
2 cups of milk
2 cups of cut peaches
1/4cup of orange juice 
2 tablespoons of sugar 
and 5 ice cubes
Done!

You can also add protein powder for kids!

Peachy Fruit Leather

10 large Peaches, washed, pitted, and cut in half (I don't peel them)

1/3 C. sugar

In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, cook the peaches and the sugar until the peaches are tender (about 45 minutes). Let it cool a bit.

Meanwhile, prepare your pans. On two sheet pans, roll out heavy-duty plastic wrap. Spray with a little oil.

Puree the mixture in a blender or food processor until very smooth. With an offset spatula, spread the mixture over the prepared wrap to a thickness of about 1/4" (not too thick, not too thin). Try to spread the peach mixture as evenly as possible to allow for even drying.

Place the pans in an oven on the lowest setting. Rotate the pans after a couple hours. My leather took about 3 hours to dry even though i heard of some taking up to 5.
When done take out and take off of plastic, and using another piece of plastic wrap, wrap it up again like a fruit roll up. and done!

Tips-
Make sure you cover the whole cooking sheet sense the plastic wrap will shrink some.

Pirate treasure bin-

Great for kids who love pirates and or even kids who love to dig. In this bin I hide small toys and coins in the "sand"(the sand is cornflour, the same as yestrday)

Animal tins (a fun way to learn)

A fun way to teach about animals
Use a muffin tin and in each part add something that means something to that animal. 
We did penguins this time and in one space we put them in another space we put what they live in, what they eat, what eats them, and how there babies are born.

All in all a fun way to teach about animals. We also did a hunt for all these things after we read the book about them, so it get kids moving and not bored.

Fun in the sun sensory bin

made with-
corn flour
sea shells
and other beach toys

We reused the cornflour from the dino dig bin, the sea shells from when we painted them, and toys we had for awhile. ( the corn flour can be used again too and will be for our wet/dry lesson)


Dinosaur sensory bin

dinosaurs bin-
To make this bin I first printed a picture of a dinosaurs with the names of all the parts(seen at bottom) and taped it to the bottom of a bin. Then I add corn flour and little dinosaurs for my kids to find using paint brushes and bigger toys and rocks. A lot of fun finding and rehiding little dinosaurs.

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Smoothie paint

smoothie paint-
blend toghter 
ice
paint
and shaving cream
Great for out doors on hot days or before a bath!

Frozen dough

Frozen dough 
We pretented this was ice cream
to make vanilla add-
1-2 tbsp. of vanilla extract
1 and half cups of cornflour 
and little over cup of water 
mix then frezze
once frozen break apart and let sit for 10/15mins

to make choclate add coco powder instead of vanilla

note- in the uk cornflour and corn strach is the same. In us they are two different things. It is ok to use either though for this. But if you use cornflour when this dries it becomes like moon sand, if you use cornstarch it become more liquid.

pop rocks and play dough

Pop rocks and play dough
we just added pop rocks to play dough we made and saved in the past. It was very cool, both my kids loved the sound and feel of the play dough.

Having fun with Candy!

A review of the "Candy" crafts!
Pop Rocks painting
Just add pop rocks to paint to make a fun sensory paint. I did not give my kids paint brushes for this, I highly encourage them to fingure paint this time sense the paint felt different.



just mix paint and pixysticks to create a fun sensory paint idea!


Pop Rocks and shaving cream
Great for sensory play. My daughter loved listing to it pop and loved moving it from palce to place in different bowls and plates.

Ice breaker 
This is great fun for play on a hot day.
First fill half of a ice cube tray with pixy stix and paint and let freeze. 
Once frozen either with a real hammer or toy one let you'r kid break the ice and play! (sense there is paint you can also paint) (I let my daughter use a real hammer with safy glasses and had no issues and there was no chips flying anywere it was actelly very easy to break and smelled very good.

Painting with M&M's


HERE'S WHAT YOU DO:
Take a one pound bag of M&M's and empty in a …

Pop Rocks painting

Pop Rocks painting
Just add pop rocks to paint to make a fun sensory paint. I did not give my kids paint brushes for this, I highly encourage them to fingure paint this time sense the paint felt different.

Ice breaker

Ice breaker 
This is great fun for play on a hot day.
First fill half of a ice cube tray with pixy stix and paint and let freeze. 
Once frozen either with a real hammer or toy one let you'r kid break the ice and play! (sense there is paint you can also paint) (I let my daughter use a real hammer with safy glasses and had no issues and there was no chips flying anywere it was actelly very easy to break and smelled very good.



Pop rocks sensory bowl

After weeks now of searching for pop rocks I finally found them!!!Who knew pop rocks were so rare and few between here in pa. This is just one of the many crafts I plan on doing with pop rocks, stay tunned for the rest!


Pop Rocks and shaving cream
Great for sensory play. My daughter loved listing to it pop and loved moving it from palce to place in different bowls and plates.

PixyStix Paitning

just mix paint and pixysticks to create a fun sensory paint idea!

paper plate butterfly-

paper plate butterfly-
First cut two wings out of a paper plate( we used two plates and did one wing on each) then decorated them.
After done glue then toghter and make antennas out of a pipe cleaner and glue on the back. Let dry and done!

Painting with onions

Great for sensory play. Painting with onions that have been cut in half.

Paper towel tie dye

Paper towel tie dye-
First add some water and few drops of food coloing to some bowls(we did one bowl for each color and it did not stain but we did only add like 3 drops to each bowl)
Then bowl up a paper towel and let you'r kid/kids have fun dipping it in each color as much as they want. 
Make sure to drain the extra water out before dipping it in another color. 
When done set out to dry.Simple fun and cheap!

Chocolate play dough

Chocolate play dough 
1 cup of flour
1/2 cup of salt
2 teaspoons of oil
1 cup of boiling water
1 pack of hto chocolate mix
note- if to watery add more flour and even though it is edible would not suggest eating it as it has a lot of salt and wouldnt taste good...

Painting with tea bags

Painting with tea bags
We first painted using the tea bags then when they broke we added it to paint. Made really cool feeling and smelled great.

Hot chocolate painting

hot chocolate painting 
just add a pack of hot chocolate to paint. Great sensory play!

Swamp sensory bin

Our swamp sensory bin with-
rocks
geen food colored water
swamp toys


Painting with a crochet loom

painting with a crochet circle loom and rubberbands (I did this inside but can get messy so never again inside I advise making it a outside craft.

flower play dough

flower play dough-
1 cup of flour
1/2 cup of salt
2 teaspoons of oil
and 1 cup of boiling water
after we made the dough we add some fake flowers and couple drops of rose oil even though you can add real flowers and no oil.

Sponge crafts! review

So today we did 4 crafts all with sponges, lets review.
First one was these Spong water bombs- 
to make one you need 2 sponges
first you cut both of the sponges into fourths length-wise.
Then stack two layers of 4 sponge pieces,and using a piece of string or yarn tie it around the sponges as tight as possible. 
and Done!


Second one was Building with sponges
These were the pieces of sponge from the "sponge water bomb craft" but if you wanna make them just cut a sponge into fourths length-wise ands let your little ones have fun building with them.


Third was-
Sponge painting painting with pieces of sponges (good way to teach shapes and colors)

and last was -"cool" necklace
Great for play on hot days
First cut squares out of sponges then using needle put them all on a piece of string and tie off once done. Then wet and stick in zip lock bag and put i nthe freezer till frozen. Once frozen let you'r little one have fun wearing and playing with this. My little ones wouldnt wear it…

"cool" necklace

cool necklace- Great for play on hot days
First cut squares out of sponges then using needle put them all on a piece of string and tie off once done. Then wet and stick in zip lock bag and put i nthe freezer till frozen. Once frozen let you'r little one have fun wearing and playing with this. My little ones wouldnt wear it but loved stepping and jumping on it.

Sponge painting

painting with pieces of sponges (good way to teach shapes and colors)

Sponge building blocks

Building with sponges 
These were the pieces of sponge from the "sponge water bomb craft" but if you wanna make them just cut a sponge into fourths length-wise ands let your little ones have fun building with them.

Sponge water bombs

Spong water bombs- 
to make one you need 2 sponges
first you cut both of the sponges into fourths length-wise.
Then stack two layers of 4 sponge pieces,and using a piece of string or yarn tie it around the sponges as tight as possible. 
and Done!

lavender bedtime bin

bedtime bin made with-
lavender tea(thats why the water looks dark)
purple water beads
purple and blue glitter
some purple paint

this was a bin before bath and bed and smelled amazing

Body paint for kids

lotion + washable paint

one of the best sayings

Melted crayon art work

Melted crayons in a car