Shaving Cream Activity Tray

Shaving Cream
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Messy, sensory play at its best! Shaving cream is great for sensory exploration and provides endless opportunities for children to play and discover.
 
What you will need?
Shaving Cream Invitation to play
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You will need a tray, shaving cream, paint brush and food colouring. We purchased a sensitive skin version of shaving cream as this is more gentle on sensitive skin.
I set up 3 trays with shaving cream and a paint brush, one for each child. I also set up each tray with a different colour with the aim that each child will change trays without washing their hands and then mix their colour with another colour to see new colour form.
 
Tip: have an old towel handy for those little accidents.
 
Let’s Play
Let's Play - Shaving Cream
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Mixing through a few drops of food colouring.
  • Drawing with a paint brush in the shaving cream.
Let’s Play
Let's Learn - Shaving Cream
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Swap and change trays to mix 2 different colours together to form a new colour.
Let’s Learn
Sensory Play Ideas - Shaving Cream
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Miss 3 absolutely loved getting messy and started to climb into the shaving cream.
Sensory play promotes many learning experiences:
  • Sensory play encourages children to manipulate and mould materials, building up their fine motor skills and coordination.Sensory play uses all 5 senses, but the sense of touch is often the most frequent. Toddlers and children process information through their senses. They learn through exploring these.
  • Sensory play is unstructured, open-ended, not product-oriented; it is the purest sense of exploratory learning
  • Self-esteem: sensory play offers kids the opportunity for self-expression because there is no right answer and children feel safe to change or experiment with what they are doing.
  • Language development- experimenting with language and descriptive words.
  • Develop social skills: practising negotiation skills, turn taking and sharing. Provides opportunities for working out problems and experimenting with solutions.
  • Encourages Imagination and creative play.
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Old Mac Donald Had a Farm Sensory Box

Old Mac Donald had a Farm Activity for kids and toddlers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Old Mac Donald had a Farm is a favourite nursery rhyme in our house at the moment and we have read (and sang) the book many times over.
To continue the learning and love of this nursery rhyme, I thought I would set up a fun Sensory Hide and Seek activity. This activity is also provides a learning opportunity that encourages oral language and fine motor development.
 
Old Mac Donald had a Farm Hide & Seek Sensory Tub involves hiding all the plastic farm animals and characters in the rice and split peas mixture. Then using the mini tongs, searching through the mixture to find and catch each of the farm animals. This is all done while singing Old Mac Donald had a farm.
 
What you will need?
Invitation to play sensory hide and seek
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You will need a large plastic tub, mini tongs, farm animals and characters, rice and yellow split peas.
 
I have used the rice and split peas for many activities and store them in this container with an air tight lid. This tub of rice and split peas has lasted for over a year and is showing no signs of needing to be thrown out. The life expectancy of the sensory tub will depend on how many children use the tub and the items that added to the tub.
 
Let’s Play
Hide and Seek Senosry Play Game
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Some Ideas:
  • Hide all the farm animals in the rice and split peas mixture. Using the tongs to find and catch them. The first animal to be found, add them into the song Old Mac Donald. For example, when we found a horse, we sang; “…and on that farm he had a horse”.
  • Use your hands, instead of using the tongs to find and catch the farm animals in the rice and split peas.
  • Read a nursery rhyme book and sing Old Mac Donald had a Farm.
  • Talk about what sounds each animal makes.
Let’s Learn
Sensory Games for Kids
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sensory play promotes many learning experiences:
  • Sensory play encourages children to manipulate and mold materials, building up their fine motor skills and coordination.
  • Sensory play uses all 5 senses, but the sense of touch is often the most frequent. Toddlers and children process information through their senses.  They learn through exploring these.
  Benefits of singing nursery rhymes:
  • Develop and extend vocabulary.
  • Rhyme – understanding rhyme in our spoken language helps children learn to read.
  • Rhythm- helps children to remember words and develop auditory memory skills.
  • Phonemic awareness – hearing and understanding that words are made up of individual sounds and other word patterns.
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Water Beads and Ice Activities

Water Bead Activities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Water Beads and Ice is an open-ended and hands-on sensory play opportunity.  They are so much fun as they are about the size of a small marble and have a small bounce to them if they are dropped on the floor.  They are soft, squishy and smooth to touch, not slimy at all.
Water beads promote learning and development in areas such as fine motor, coordination, exploration, colours, sensory, and creativity.  Water beads also introduce children to scientific and mathematical concepts such as absorption.  It also promotes scientific thinking skills such as predicting, observations, reasoning and so much more! 
 
What you will need?
What are water beads
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For this play opportunity I set up a small tub filled with ice cubes and water beads.  I was lucky enough to purchase our water beads cheaply at our local craft store but I have also seen them sold on E-bay and in florists.  When purchasing water beads they come in very tiny ball shapes and are hard.  Once you add them to water they become soft, squishy and increase in size.
I later added scoops (measuring cups) to the tub. I originally did not introduce the scoops until a little later as I wanted to my kids to explore first with their hands without any props.  When they were commenting that it was so cold and were starting to rub their hands together, that’s when I introduced the scoops.  This took the play journey to another level and also relief for their hands from the cold ice.
 
Let’s Play
let's play - water beads and ice
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
My children spent long periods of time using their hands to search for the beads in the water and ice.  They would gather them up with the ice and tried to melt the ice by rubbing it in their hands.  As the ice melted, there was more water to play with and different size and shape ice cubes.  They loved to collect them up and sort them into colours,  scoop them, pour them, feel them, and gather them in cups.
 
Let’s Learn
Let's learn- water beads and ice
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Learning Opportunities
  • Creativity
  • Fine Motor Development
  • Hand-Eye Coordination and Control
  • Cause and Effect
  • Concentration
  • Spatial awareness – experimenting with shape and space
  • Language development – shape names
  • Mathematics – capacity, measurement
  • Scientific concepts and skills
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Ideas for using ice for sensory play and science
 
Orange Water Beads 1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ice Boats
Orange Water Beads
 
*Please note that even though water beads are non-toxic, they should not be consumed.  As with all activities, children must be supervised at all times. Read more*
 
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Animal Rice Art – It’s Colourful magic!

Today I feel incredibly privileged to share a guest post with you written by a lovely blogging friend of mine, Penny  from Wildlife Fun 4 Kids.  Be sure to visit her fabulous website where you will find so many inspiring ideas, fun activities for kids and so much more!
activity for kids
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Children love to touch, they love to play and they especially love magic. This activity extends on one of the activities created here at Learning 4 Kids. It doesn’t take much to prepare but can give your children hours of magical fun (while they learn)!
We are avid followers of Learning 4 Kids. I can’t help getting excited about the activities Janice creates with her children because I know my girls will love each and every one of them. We’ve had fun with the soap slime activity, camping indoors and nature painting, but our favourite so far is the coloured rice! We made a heap of it and tried out all of her suggestions. Then, I had an idea for another extension on this activity and I couldn’t wait to try it out with my girls.
 
While Miss Possum and the Twinkles were playing with the coloured rice (you can learn to make it here), I grabbed a glue stick from the cupboard and drew an animal on the paper in glue. I quickly handed the paper to Miss Possum and asked her to cover the whole sheet with rice. She looked back at me confused.
rice art
 
‘There’s a secret picture on there, it’s magic,’ I said.
‘Oooooh,’ she responded, and her quick little fingers started to cover the paper with rice. Magic is a great encouragement tool!
It’s important to get the rice onto the paper as soon as you’ve finished drawing the animal with the glue stick. Once the glue is on the page it can dry very quickly and that means the rice won’t stick.
 
Once the paper was covered with rice, we patted the rice down with our hands. We then folded the paper slightly and tipped the loose rice into a container and viola, beautiful animal rice art!
Art for kids
We made quite a few animals and then Miss Possum took over and used the magic glue stick herself and it was my turn to cover the paper with rice.
We also extended the activity by drawing numbers, letters and shapes with the glue stick.
Learning experience for this activity
  • Fun, interactive and motivating!
  • Animal recognition
  • Animal appreciation
  • Great for fine motor development and hand/eye coordination
  • The texture of the rice makes for a great sensory activity too!
Thank you so much to Janice for all her hard work on Learning 4 Kids. She is doing a wonderful job teaching her girls, and she’s even teaching mine too!
 
ABOUT PENNY ANE WILDLIFE FUN 4 KIDS
Penny is a wildlife education officer and a mother of three little girls. She writes Wildlife Fun 4 Kids to show parents that it’s not hard to bring wildlife appreciation into the daily life of your child. Her website encourages a love of wildlife in children through engaging, meaningful and fun wildlife activities.
 
You can visit Penny’s website at Wildlife Fun 4 Kids,  follow her Facebook Page or Pinterest

Sensory Play for Toddlers & Kids – Ice World

Using ice for sensory play for preschoolers and toddlers
Ice World is a sensory activity for toddlers and pre-school children involving playing with ice, water and sea theme props.  Older children will still have a lot of fun and benefit from playing with this sensory ice tub.  The amazing thing about sensory play is that it opens the door to so many wonderful learning opportunities such as imaginative play, language exploration, fine motor development for pre-writing skills, coordination, social interactions and so much more.
Sensory play allows for many unstructured learning experiences for, the freedom to explore and discover the world around them.
 
What you will need?
Creating an pretend Antarctica sensory tub
You will need containers, sea theme plastic animals, a large tub, food colouring and water. 
Over a period of a few weeks I recycled a number of empty containers, filled them with water and put them into the freezer.  We tried to utilise containers that had different shapes, patterns and sizes to help make ice world more interesting.  We used yoghurt containers, empty biscuit trays which made great patterned ice shapes, large and small bowls, tall and short containers and ice cube trays. 
When we were ready to use the frozen ice, I set them out onto the bench for about 5-10 minutes to allow the ice to melt a little which made it much easier to remove.
We also placed a few drops of blue food colouring into a small jug of water and poured it over the ice to create the blue ice affect that you see in Antarctica and the Artic.
Sensory play opens the opportunity to talk about and use describing words to communicate what is being experienced.  How the ice felt on our hands, cold, freezing cold, if we leave our hands on it for too long it hurts because it is too cold.  The ice also felt slippery, smooth and looked clear and see-through.  We joked about how it would feel if we were to have a bath in it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The wonderful thing about open-end play opportunities is that they can grow and take a whole new direction.  Our ice world was left over night to melt and the sprinklers filled the tub even further.  So as the next day warmed up it became a whole other play opportunity where Miss 4 enjoyed sitting in the tub catching and scooping all the sea creatures out of the tub with a cup.
Sensory play promotes many learning experiences:
  • Sensory play encourages children to manipulate and mould materials, building up their fine motor skills and coordination.
  • Sensory play uses all 5 senses, but the sense of touch is often the most frequent. Toddlers and children process information through their senses.  They learn through exploring these.
  • Sensory play is unstructured, open-ended, not product-oriented; it is the purest sense of exploratory learning
  • Self-esteem: sensory play offers kids the opportunity for self-expression because there is no right answer and children feel safe to change or experiment with what they are doing.
  • Language development- experimenting with language and descriptive words.
  • Develop social skills: practising negotiation skills, turn taking and sharing. Provides opportunities for working out problems and experimenting with solutions.
  • Encourages Imagination and creative play.
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