We know that young children are oriented toward sensory experiences. From birth, children have learned about the world by touching, tasting, smelling, seeing, and hearing. Sensory play also contributes in crucial ways to brain development. Think of it as “food for the brain.” Stimulating the senses sends signals to children’s brains that help to strengthen neural pathways important for all types of learning. For example, as children explore sensory materials, they develop their sense of touch, which lays the foundation for learning other skills, such as identifying objects by touch, and using fine-motor muscles. The materials children work with at the sand and water table have many sensory attributes — they may be warm or cool, wet or dry, rough or smooth, hard or soft, textured or slimy. Discovering and differentiating these characteristics is a first step in classification, or sorting — an important part of preschoolers’ science learning and discovery.http://www.highscope.org/file/NewsandInformation/Extensions/ExtVol25No5_low.pdf
1 cup salt
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup water
2 Tablespoons oil
A few drops of food coloring
1. Mix all ingredients very well and store in plastic bag or covered jar.
Makes enough for 1 child…..
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup water
Small bowl, tin pie plate, etc.
Cookie sheet or pizza pan
Food coloring (if desired)
Add the water to the corn starch in a small bowl, tin pie plate, etc. Mix it together using your hands. If you need to add more water, add just a couple of drops (especially after playing with it for a while).
•1 cup applesauce (store-bought applesauce works better than homemade)
•1 cup cinnamon
1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
2. Knead the dough until smooth.
3. You can use cookie cutters to create your own cinnamon ornaments. The ornaments will take about 2 days to dry and you should flip them over a few times to help them dry better.
•1 cup flour
•1 cup water
•1/2 cup salt
•1 tbsp. vegetable oil
•2 tsp. cream of tartar
•1 tsp. each of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger (Add more or less depending on your preference)
1. Combine the dry ingredients together in one bowl.
2. In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients (the oil and water).
3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.
4. Heat the mixture over low heat for 3 minutes or until the mixture gets a dough-like consistency.
5. Knead the dough until smooth.
Mix equal amounts of school (Elmer’s) glue and shaving cream add a small amount of paint for color. Be sure to use enough glue or the shaving cream will flake off the paper.
1/2 cup of dishwashing liquid (Dawn or Joy)
2 cups of water
2 teaspoons of sugar
*Add a bad of food coloring to add color to the bubbles