Thursday, August 30, 2012

Shaving Cream Sensory Activity

This is a messy outdoor activity. I took out a couple of trays with a bunch of random toys from the house on them. Then I covered them in shaving cream. I gave the kids brushes to "uncover" the toys. They had their own ideas and just started covering themselves with the shaving cream from head to toe. I actually recommend being careful because it can get in their eyes. My littlest one had a hard time keeping it out of his eyes but it wasn't a huge deal. Bath time followed this activity :) I found the idea on Pinterest, including this website

Box Shape Fun

Materials: cardboard box, box cutter, markers, stickers, balls

We made this game based on the idea found on this website. I thought it would be fun if the kids were involved in the decorating process. We colored it with markers and then stuck a bunch of stickers on it. Then I gathered all the balls and bean bags that would fit into the shapes and they put them through the shapes. With my four year old we also played a game where I would tell him "Put the ball in the...." and then would call out a shape. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ocean Scene Treat

Found this idea in the latest issue of Family Fun Magazine.

Here are the ingredients I used: 
Cream cheese
blue food coloring
Saltine crackers
Goldfish crackers
Celery leaves

Put a drop of food coloring in the cream cheese and mix. Spread on a saltine cracker and put a goldfish  cracker on top. Make "seaweed" with celery leaves. You can also use brocolli, bell pepper, thin green onions, or other greens to make the "seaweed". 

This is a fun one the kids could also help with. Enjoy your tasty treat! 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Fly Swatter Game

Materials: New fly swatter, paper flies (using word), contact paper, tape, or lamination. Dry Erase marker, sticky tack.

1. First I made a word document with 26 flies and printed it out.
2. Then I cut out small squares our of the same paper to put in the center of the fly with glue.
3. I then put a strip of clear tape over the fly and cut them out. You can also used contact paper or lamination to laminate them and to have a surface for writing with a dry erase marker. 

To play: Decide what topic you want to review, such as, letter, lower and upper case, shapes, numbers, letter sounds, sight words, etc. and write them on your flies. Stick them with sticky tack on your wall. You can certainly put magnets on them and put them on your fridge to play. Call out a letter and have your child swat it! 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Bean Bag Toss Game: Shapes

Materials:  a piece of fabric, a bean bag, bottle caps, a computer to make a grid with the four shapes. 

1. I painted the shapes on an scrap of fabric. 
2. I made a word document with four of each shape and printed it off.

To play: toss the bean bag on one of the shapes and put a bottle cap as a marker on the chart. You can play alone and try to get a certain row, column, or fill out the whole chart, or play with several people and work together. Or you could also have each person be a different row and try to get those shapes before the other person gets theirs. So many possibilities!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Scratch and Sniff Watercolors

Here's a great art activity you make with Kool Aid. So fun and it smells good too. I found the idea here.