Bring on the mellow with sensory bins
Want an activity that will calm kids down and stimulate their senses (but not too much!)? Sensory bins allow them to do just that. Kids these days don’t spend as much time outside as they used to, but with this “messy play,” they get to manipulate items, develop motor skills and investigate and gather data. Sit back in amazement as their play becomes focused...and mellow.
- Rice, beans, shaving cream, sand, water—anything tactile, textured, etc.
- 1 Pour uncooked rice, beans, shaving cream, sand—anything that has texture to it—into a Ziploc® container.
- 2 Add in items that kids can dig through to find. You can put blocks, cars, dice, bouncy balls, anything that your child will enjoy.
- 3 Have them sit at the table and pass the container to run their hands through and discover the hidden items.
- 4 Note: Use Ziploc® containers for easy storage of sensory bins. Make a table with several containers. Pop the lids off and on to use over and over again. Different items can be added or taken away to keep the surprise fresh.
Note: Rice and food products shouldn’t be cooked and consumed after use. Also very small children should be supervised, especially around smaller objects.
Cool down the crazy with bathtub paint
Make bath time calming yet fun with this homemade bath paint.
- Ziploc® bags
- Baby shampoo
- Food coloring
- 1 Mix ⅓ c. liquid baby shampoo with 1 ½ tablespoons of cornstarch.
- 2 Add food coloring and approximately 1-2 teaspoons of water.
- 3 Let kids paint and draw on the bathtub and wash down after.
Don’t worry, it completely washes off easily.
Write it out After school letters
Squish out the stress with paint in a bag
A fun activity that will help engage kids in learning even after school is out.
- Ziploc® bags
- Cotton swab, pencil
Have kids practice their letters, numbers, or have them draw using this idea. Fill a bag with paint of your choice. Seal it closed. Lay it on a table and use a cotton swab, finger, or the eraser end of a pencil to “write” their letters and numbers. Think of it as mess-free finger painting!