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Sensory Ideas for Kids
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Center - Building Centers in a Home Daycare Setting
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instructions & supply list
Hands - Cornstarch & Water
Mix 1 box of cornstarch with 3 cups of water.
Place in a small tub or other container. Let the kids slip their
hands thru the substance. It will amaze them that they can "see"
and feel the substance, but if they lift it out of the water, it all dissolves
and turns to liquid!!
Note: For larger containers, mix equal parts
of the cornstarch and water.
Purchase (or make your own) cardboard boxes with
removable lids - approximately 12" square and as deep as you can find.
I found mine in a Dollar Store - They need to be the real heavy cardboard
at least 1/8 of an inch thick. They are available in all shapes (hearts,
circle, square, rectangle...) and colors! You will need 5 boxes of
the same size and shape. Label each box: SIGHT
SOUND TASTE SMELL
Fill each box with up to 5-6 items that match the
sensory label on the box. These boxes are a permanent fixture in
our daycare...I change the items once every couple of weeks - so the kids
get different experiences. As you read the lists below, you will
see that a lot of the items can be placed in more than one category.
That is something that could also be discussed with the kids.
SIGHT: magnifying glass, binoculars,
colored cellophane, swimming goggles, sunglasses,
kaleidoscope, and a multiple of things for them to look at with these tools!
SOUND: whistle, horn, story tape with
tape recorder/walkman, handmade moraccas,
rain sticks, any musical instrument, add materials that the kids could
use to make
their own musical instruments!
TASTE: Cut up food samples with the
following tastes: sour, sweet, bitter, spicy, bland,
salty, and anymore that you can think of! Use some of these
in a recipe for a
special snack or lunch!
SMELL: sandpaper rubbings (rub with
spices before placing in box - cut into shapes of your
choice and glue shapes to a larger piece of cardboard - labeling each spice),
orange, lemon, piece of leather, fresh flowers, dirt, peanut butter,
TOUCH: Along with manipulatives like
sieves, measuring cups, spoons, dull knives, water
& sand toys, etc., offer some of the following items: feathers,
cornmeal, sawdust, water, sand, dirt, cooked noodles, uncooked noodles,
(warm) and cold, flour, peanut butter, molasses, lettuce, paper (thick,
toweling...., egg, applesauce, ice-cream (if you have an ice-cream
maker, include it!
My kids love to help make ice-cream - this would work in conjunction with
eggshells, crayon shavings, sugar and icing sugar, mashed bananas, cooked
uncooked rice, grapes, carrot skins, Jell-O, pudding, dough, popcorn.....just
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