There are many ways to help kids explore the five senses. This fun sensory bag game will help children use their sense of touch along with helping to provoke their thought process.
What You Will Need
Brown Paper Bags
Items with varying textures, sizes, etc
Blindfold (totally optional and just for fun)
Number each bag (I did this mainly for myself to keep track of the items) and fill with various items.
Let your child explore each bag and guess what’s inside.
You can help little ones by asking descriptive questions about the item (hard, soft, rough, cold, long, short) to provoke their thought process.
When they are done, check their guesses to the actual item to see if they were correct. On the other hand, your child (like mine) could just rip off their blindfold suddenly EACH TIME to see if they were right. 😉 For older kids, they could pencil in their guesses next to each number on a sheet of paper to compare when finished.
Trying to figure out what to use inside your sensory bags? We used cotton balls, Q-tips, a banana, toy giraffe, frozen ice pack, toy keys, a brush, a cup, ponytail holder, and a stuffed animal.
Anyone remember Gak! growing up? It was gooey, squishy, slimy and a blast to play with!
This super easy recipe will have your kids and you playing in no time. Ready, here goes!
1 bottle of glue (we used Rose Art Washable Glue or Elmer’s would work, too)
1/2 teaspoon Borax (found in the laundry detergent aisle )
1/4 cup warm water
Food Coloring (we used bright neon coloring)
**You may need to double if more than 1 child**
Empty entire bottle of glue into a bowl.
Fill the empty glue bottle with warm water and add to the bowl of glue.
Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of Borax in 1/4 cup of warm water and set aside. (We initially were going to make 2 batches hence the 1 tsp. and 1/2 cup measures, but Abby decided she just wanted a blue batch.)
Next, add the desired amount of food coloring and stir mixture.
Slowly, add the Borax mixture to the glue mixture and stir.
You will notice the texture begins to become stringy and thick, eventually resembling gelatin. At this point, you will want to knead the Gak with your hands.
We added a dusting of pink glitter and it was ready for play!
For more creative play, add alphabet and shape cutters and watch your kids enjoy HOURS of FUN!
A few weeks ago I began thinking about what activities we could do this year for Easter, especially with regards to sight words. To keep it fun and interesting, I came up with a Sight Word Egg Hunt!
Here’s the idea.
We are currently using the You Can Read
program from 1+1+1=1
. Up to this point, Abby has learned over 60 words ranging from Unit: 1 to Unit: 15. I simply made a table in Microsoft Word with each sight word, printed and cut them out filling each egg. I found these cute Easter Eggs at the Dollar Tree to add to our collection.
Now, a fun seasonal activity can be educational for around $1 or less. And, this could easily be changed to include alphabet letters, shapes, numbers, colors, etc.