sensory play

Shaving Cream Fun!

The magic of shaving cream.

Today we used shaving cream as our sensory tool. I added a extra twist by making it holiday festive, but please feel free to use whatever design you like. Allow for this to keep the kiddos occupied in their imaginations for a little...

Material:

  1. Shaving Cream
  2. Construction Paper/Card Stock
  3. Paint and/or Food coloring
  4. Q-Tips and/or Paintbrushes
  5. Cupcake holder/Paper plates

Begin by cutting out any design to use as your template. I chose a heart shape, due to it being Valentine's Day.

Spray out shaving cream in different sections to separate by color. I used a cupcake pan, and sprayed as much as I thought my children would use. Add a few drops of food coloring and/or paint. I used both for brightness and  to assure it dried on the paper.

Use paintbrushes and/or a Q-tip to begin painting!

Note: I prefer hands! Therefore they can really use "touch", and truly integrate the sensory play. Again this helps with self regulation and increases a child's brain develop! 

Describe the art as they paint to help increase your child's knowledge of colors and how they mix to make new colors!

Have fun!

P.S. After you are all done. Place your extra shaving cream and color into a plastic ziploc bags. Prevent your child from opening them by sealing the bags with tape. These little sensory bags can continue the fun. Let them draw letters using there hands, or just to squash around!

 

 

 

 

Snow day in

Snow Days Indoors

Who doesn't enjoy a snow day! Not only because you have an excuse to stay inside and wear pj's, but the snow fall can be quite relaxing. If your home is remotely like mine, days in can be challenging. Partly because you have energized kids whose need for outdoor play is at a all time high.

Karter was fascinated by the first snow fall. She glared outside the window, yelling "snow mommy, snow"! It was the sweetest gesture, but as a "resistant to cold weather mommy" (yes, I live in Ohio) I refused to take her outside. So what better idea than to create a sensory play activity and bring the snow in!

I literally scooped up a fresh pile of snow, placed it in a container, got out some molding toys we use for Play-Doh and let her go at it. Use whatever size container makes you feel comfortable, and place it on a mat or towel in a space that you don't mind getting wet. To make it more interesting you can add food coloring to continue to educate your young one on colors or just to make it more visually stimulating. 

We both were satisfied. She was able to play in the snow and I stayed in my warm pj's and watched from the couch! Double win!