Fine Motor Fun
Squash a ball of play dough on a table, stick a few sticks of uncooked spaghetti in it, then hand over a bowl of dry cheerios. Show them how to thread the cheerios one by one onto the spaghetti. Activities like these help to develop coordination of small muscle movements in wrists and fingers.
Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child's senses: touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight and hearing. Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.
Playing with ice is an absolute favourite sensory and science activity for small children to explore! Allow you child to try and work out how to release their small toys from the ice blocks.
Digging for Spaghetti Worms in Dirt is a simple sensory activity that only takes a few moments to set up. It's exciting, it's messy and the kids will have so much fun catching all the slippery and slimy spaghetti worms with tweezers and putting them into a jar.
You will need slightly wet sand/soil from the garden, a large container or tray and cooked spaghetti (left overs are great!). We have also used tweezers for the added fun and development of fine motor skills but this is optional.
- Slightly hide the spaghetti worms on the top layer of the sand/soil because too much sand/soil can be too heavy and may break the worms as they are being dug out
- 8 cups flour
- 1 cup vegetable oil or baby oil
- Food color (if you want to color it)
Pour flour into a large plastic container or tub and add food coloring.
Dump in the oil to the center and mix together with your hands until it is evenly distributed and the flour sticks together when you squeeze it. Add more oil if needed to get the correct consistency.
Give the children molds, scoops, and more and let them enjoy.
This can be stored for a couple weeks in an airtight container before drying
Together, make your own bubble mixture and have fun creating bubble pictures, using different wands or make your own using pipe cleaners or cut off bottle tops.
Bubbles are important for children. They allow them to discover the world around them, the magic of the world and develops their own self-confidence.
As part of their Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED), children need to be able to self regulate and understand how to manage their behaviour. Blowing bubbles is calming and children are captivated by the science: the size, the popping, the floating and the the colours.
Blowing bubbles also develops co-orindation which is part of their Physical Development (PD), again children will also be learning to be independent when using resources.
Allow your child times to blow bubbles independently but then get involved and have lots of purposeful, fun discussions: 'I wonder where they float to?', 'I wonder what a bubble is?'.
Heres a recipe to help get started:
- Add three tablespoons of bubble solution and two tablespoons of paint to a cup.
- Mix the paint and bubble solution together.
- Place a piece of paper on the grass or a table.
- Dip the bubble wand or a straw into the bubble paint and then blow out bubbles so they land on the paper.