Alphabet Slime – Match Upper & Lowercase Letters

alphabet slime with glue and starch I am part of Elmer’s Crafty Teachers Crew and they asked me to create a fun learning activity with some of their products and share them with you. I knew exactly what I wanted to do…. make some alphabet slime!  Sensory materials like slime are fun all by themselves but adding a few items can turn a completely sensory experience into a sensorial literacy one. My daughter has known her letters for quite some time but still confuses lowercase b and d from time to time. This activity is a great way to work on upper and lowercase letter identification as well as fine motor development as your child or students dig through the slime for the small beads. My preferred way to use this activity is to set it all up and let the child explore, let them match up the letters or just PLAY. They will benefit from both options.

alphabet slime with elmer's glue

Gather your materials. You will need some Elmer’s clear school glue, Elmer’s glitter glue, glitter, liquid starch, alphabet beads, two ice cube trays, a marker, some bowls, and a spatula.

upper and lowercase matching activity from no time for flash cards

Before you mix up the slime write the lowercase letters in the ice cube tray with a permanent marker.

glue slime with elmer's glue

Here is the recipe I used – our slime was not very sticky and pretty thick. I kneaded it a lot! I like it strong and thick so little bits don’t go flying.

1 bottle of Elmer’s Clear School Glue
1/2 bottle of Elmer’s Glitter Glue
1 squeeze ( about a tablespoon) of Elmer’s School Glue
Glitter – We used the glitter from Elmer’s Craft Bond Glitter & Glue. One full tube for each color.
1/4 cup of liquid starch

sensory alphabet activity

I mixed the first four ingredients then added the starch and kneaded by hand. It got messy at times but,  it was quick to make.

alphabet slime

I made four colors, but my little assistant wanted to mix them together. The photos would have been SO much prettier if we didn’t but let’s all keep a good perspective on these activities. They aren’t for us or even Pinterest they are for our little ones SO MIX THE COLORS even if they end up brown or in our case a gun metal gray.

alphabet slime

Add the alphabet beads and mix.

alphabet slime

Set out the trays and the slime for your little letter finder.letter matching game with slime

Dig in!

alphabet slime

She spent about half the time digging for letters and putting them in the correct sections and the other half just playing and exploring the slime. alphabet slime letter activity

We sat together both digging in and picking out letters. sensory alphabet activity As well as giggling at the not so proper noises that the slime made as she pushed into it.

After a while we went looking for letters that we hadn’t found yet, she noticed which letters had the most beads in their sections and which were empty.

alphabet activity

Then she played some more!

alphabet activity

Using some novelty to reinforce or even introduce basic concepts makes them mush more fun. Using sensory materials like slime can offer children that need to squish and grab and squeeze an outlet to do that while still reaching more specific goals.

sensory play alphabet activity

Tomorrow I will share another simple idea we created with this slime after we got all the alphabet beads out – I will be taking it to my preschool class to explore with my students. Don’t miss it!

Alphabet Slime sensory activity for kids

As stated above this post is part of a sponsored program with Elmer’s Glue.

Easter Egg Play Dough Tray Activity

easter play dough Finding that fine line between setting something up that is exciting and interesting for your child ( or students ) and letting go of how they decide to use it can be hard. You envision this awesome idea but when you let go of it and they dive in they don’t always use it the way you intended. Maybe they spend a fraction of the amount of time you expect them to on it, maybe they turn it into a completely new idea, or maybe they ignore it completely. Don’t sweat it. Let them create their own experience and let go of your expectations. Observe and see what they are learning from how they have decided to play with the materials you have put on the tray. I imagined wonderfully patterned Easter eggs like ones she’d been drawing for days before I created this Easter egg play dough for her. Instead what she learned was that if you dip and roll the play dough in the collage materials , they stick. I think her lesson was a lot more exciting.

Gather your materials. I put out a egg mold, some play dough, gems, buttons, and beads.easter play dough

Start by making your eggs. I showed her how to make one then rolled it back into a ball so she could make it herself.  easter sensory

After that she added a few things. Not very enthusiastically.  easter egg sesory

She made a few more.easter egg fine motor

Then her face lit up as she dumped the decorations out and rolled her purple egg in it. easter egg discoveryNow it’s fun! She then took out the pieces she didn’t want, leaving only a few pink ones.

easter egg free choice activity

The white egg was next. When she didn’t do it at all I asked her why ” I am leaving it for you.” So I made it the way I wanted to now that it was my turn and she praised me after noticing my patterns . She still got the lesson about patterns I was angling for and one about me trusting her choices. When we follow their leads not only do they have more fun but they learn we trust their choices and value their ideas. There will be times when we chose to push ahead with our plan for the activity but when you don’t have to be inflexible I encourage you to throw the plan and sit back and watch.

Easter Sensory Activities that you can touch, taste, see, smell, and hear!

easter sensory activities As a preschool teacher I get asked a lot about how I teach. One thing I usually say is that in my class my students explore with all their senses. This isn’t because of careful planning it’s just a fact. Young children use all their senses to make sense of what they are experiencing. Because that is how they learn we also have to teach that way. Here are 18 Easter sensory activities that are wonderful experiences for all their senses.

easter sensory activities

Marshmallow Easter Bunny – fantastic for touch and taste!
Texture Easter Eggs – explore how the materials feel so different!
Polka Dot Slime – feel it and be amazed at what you are seeing from Fun At Home With Kids
Sandpaper and Felt Carrot Puzzles – Feel the different textures and see the different shapes.

easter sensory
Shaving Cream Marbled Easter Eggs – use almost all your senses for this activity from Hands On As We Grow
Frozen Yogurt Easter Eggs Make them and taste them.
Easter Egg Sticky Wall – Fun sensory activity from Toddler Approved
Easter Egg Collages – explore silky and smooth textures with this ribbon craft.

sensory ideas for easter
Easter Sound Match – explore sounds with this fun game from A Mom With A Lesson Plan
Shaving Cream Easter Bunny – Get your hands messy with this great craft from How Wee Learn.
Easter Sensory Tub – Dig through spring with this multi-sensory activity.
Paint & Eat Easter Egg Waffles – not only for taste these are visually stimulating too!

easter touch and feel
Soft Cotton Ball Bunny – Make it and feel it!
Fancy Egg Shakers – these shakers from Mama Smiles are visually stimulating and perfect for learning about sound.
Marshmallow Easter Egg – children love the feeling, smell, and not surprisingly taste of these colorful marshmallows.

easter ideas for kids
Candy Play Dough – I can’t imagine kids NOT wanting to taste this from Kids Activity Blog.
Bunny Color Match – Bright visuals help make this activity a hit!
Easter Writing and Printing with Carrots – explore how carrots, taste, smell, and feel with this activity from Nurture Store.

Valentine’s Day Sensory Play Ideas

valentine's day sensory activities In my classroom much like in my home play dough is always an option. Right now we have red play dough out at school and at home we are still enjoying our Gluten Free chocolate play dough. Play dough is a fabulous sensory activity but there are so many more ideas and materials to introduce to your kids. Here are some of my favorite Valentine’s Day sensory play ideas from us and other great kid activities blogs.

Have you tried any of these? If so leave a comment and let me know how it went.

valentine's day sensory activities

Gluten Free Chocolate Play Dough
Texture Collage Heart – explore and create!
Marbled Play Dough from Fireflies and Mudpies
Valentine Slime from Little Bins For Little Hands

valetine's day sensory bubble bin
Excavating Hearts from Munchkins and Moms
Pink Bubble Bin
Valentine’s Day Play Dough Bakery

valentine's day sensory love potions
Chocolate Slime from Fun At Home With Kids
Love Potions
Love Bug Play Dough from Fantastic Fun and Learning

valentine's day sensory discovery box
All The People I Love Discovery Bin
Color Mixing Play Dough Valentines from PBS Parents
Cinnamon Heart Cloud Dough from And Next Comes L
Valentine Soup from Fun At Home With Kids
Rose Scented No Cook Play Dough by Danya Banya

Chocolate Gluten Free Play Dough

gluten free chocolate play dough recipe

Cooking together is one of my daughter’s absolute favorite activities and the only thing that makes it better is to cook play dough we can play with after! This chocolate gluten free play dough recipe was a bit of an experiment because our tried and true Bisquick play dough recipe needs a microwave and we don’t have one. So we changed it a little and the end result was a yummy smelling , soft , and gluten free.  While we don’t have any issues with wheat or gluten many kids do so we wanted to create a fun and easy recipe for everyone.  After making the dough play with it – have some fun chocolate themed tools and materials ready to play.

gluten free playdough recipe

Gather your materials. You will need Gluten Free Bisquick, cooking oil, salt, unsweetened cocoa powder, and water. You will also need a cooking pot, spoon, and all your accessories for playing like some mini cupcake liners, sprinkles, a mini rolling pin, cookie cutters, and empty chocolate boxes.

Recipe :

1 1/2 cups of Gluten Free Bisquick
1/2 cup of salt
1 cup of water
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
2 tablespoons of oil

gluten free playdough recipe for kids

Start by reading the recipe and measuring out the ingredients with your child. I can’t do this AND take her photo so we measured them out together and then she patiently waited for me to scurry around the island and grab my camera.

homemade gluten free playdough

Add the Bisquick, salt, and water together in the pot and let your child mix it until it’s thick. Add in the oil and cocoa powder.stiring play dough gluten free play dough

Pop it in the stove on medium low and mix. It’s ready to come off the stove when it forms into a ball.chocolate gluten free playdough

Time to knead it. We added a little more Bisquick and oil as we kneaded it. It smelled SO good!kneading play dough choclate factory

Then it was time time to play. chocolate gluten free play dough candy factoryShe made me some cookies, chocolates for Valentine’s Day, and more with the play dough SHE made. chocolate gluten free playdough recipe