ABC · crafts · fine motor · sensory

light table 

We are LOVING our diy light table. There is just something about the light quality. For this activity, I put a bit of paint in a ziploc bag and duct taped it shut. That’s it. The kids loved these things! We used them on and off all day.  Some of our favorite ways to use… Continue reading light table 

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ABC · crafts · play · sensory

buried alphabet 

My boys love rice. And surprises. I buried the letters from an alphabet puzzle in a bin of rice and J went on a letter hunt. This is great for sensory input, letter recognition, and puzzle practice. Not so great for mess, but that’s what outside is for (or a blanket). J was most engaged… Continue reading buried alphabet 

crafts · fine motor · process art · science · sensory

fizzy chalk ice

A sweet summer activity! There are a bunch of different ways to do this (just google/pinterest “chalk ice” or “chalk paint”). This is our version.  I LOVE the colors of our chalk so I decided to use that instead of food coloring or liquid watercolors. I grated chalk and put it in muffin tins. You… Continue reading fizzy chalk ice

science · sensory

water beads and DIY light table

Have you tried water beads? My goodness, these things are so cool.  We got ours for a few bucks online, but I’ve also heard they can be found at craft stores in the floral/wedding sections. Lucas is really into the color blue lately, so we mixed turquoise and blue for our first batch. NOW I… Continue reading water beads and DIY light table

science · sensory

oobleck 

Oobleck never gets old.  Mix 2 cups of cornstarch with 1 cup of water (we doubled that for this bin) and add food coloring. You will get the craziest goop you have ever seen.  This stuff is so cool. It is hard as a rock, then melts into a puddle through your fingers. The texture… Continue reading oobleck 

crafts · movement · process art · sensory

bubble wrap jellyfish

Oh bubble wrap. I love you. The boys and I decided to add jellyfish to our ocean, and I wanted them to be AWESOME. Lots of texture and pattern and color and movement. These things are all that and more. To start, I cut a bunch of paper plates in half. Jackson decided he didn’t… Continue reading bubble wrap jellyfish

crafts · movement · process art · sensory

thwap painting

The cashier at the grocery store probably thought we have a major bug problem. Actually, we have a painting addiction.  This one should really be done outside. Really. You’ve been warned.   THWAP! *giggle*  THWAP! THWAP! *giggle giggle* This project was messy, and crazy (wind!), and awesome! We rolled out a huge piece of paper… Continue reading thwap painting

crafts · movement · process art · sensory

marble shake painting

Ok folks, there’s no sugarcoating this one. It gets messy. But it’s a BLAST! And there are a few things you can do to contain the paintornado (see what I did there?). Let’s do this. My kids are at very different places right now – developmentally, emotionally, physically. They got very different experiences out of this… Continue reading marble shake painting

sensory · social/emotional

shaving cream

Between our recent teething kick with Lucas and the fact that somebody must have told Jackson he should really start acting like a stereotypical 3.5-year-old, we’ve been having a lot of THOSE DAYS lately. One of the only things I’ve found to bring my boys joy on those days is a crazy sensory experience like… Continue reading shaving cream