Construction Sensory Tub

 

I wasn’t going to include this activity on the site but my son’s continual begging to play in the “Dut” convinced me to share it!
  1. Gather your materials. I grabbed an old box we got at Costco but any low edged container will do. I filled it with some crushed rock my husband was using to make us a patio, but sand, mulch or soil will be fine too. I wanted it to be something earthy though since so often we use dried beans and pasta. Then I added some construction vehicles and a shovel and pail.
  2. Encourage your child to fill the pail, dig with the shovel and use the diggers and dozers. In all honesty I had to do nothing to encourage my son, he loved every bit of getting filthy!
  3. Have a bath ready, your little one will need it!

When It Rains , It Pours!


Pasta Pouring!

Giving young children ample opportunities for sensory activities is more important than most parents realize, yes they can be messy but get the Dust buster on standby and let your child explore.

  1. Gather your materials. This activity is what you make it. All you need is some uncooked pasta, a container and something to scoop with.
  2. Pour the pasta into the container and make a big deal about it pouring into the container and NOT onto the floor. I was really surprised by how careful my son was this morning doing this. When a piece would fall onto the floor he would exclaim ” Uh Oh” then pick it up and pop it back in. I was shocked , but happy.
  3. Introduce different things to scoop and pour with. We used different sized containers and a measuring cup.
  4. Interact with your child while they are pouring, use words like “fill” “pour” ” empty” and “full” with preschoolers ask them how many scoops it will take to fill a cup , then count it out, grab another container, take bets and repeat!
  5. When you notice that the pasta starts making it on the floor more and more often, it’s time for the dust buster, Don’t wait too long, sensory activities go from fun to disaster fast, so stay on your toes, the learning a is worth it!

Painting With Water

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No, I am not using child labor to spruce up my house, this activity will amaze you at it’s simplicity and how much kids LOVE it. I used to do this with my class on nice days when they would get stir crazy inside! The key to making this last is to wait to introduce the different brushes and sponges.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some water, and a variety of paint brushes ( make sure they are clean you don’t want to really paint your house). painting with water supplies
  2. Dip your paint brush into the water and start painting! Fences or other unpainted works the best because it will darken when “painted”.painting with water
  3. While you are painting with your child, point out the dry wall and the wet brush and ask them what happens when they paint it. painting with waterLittle exchanges like this are fantastic teaching opportunities. Remember though if they just want to do it in peace, let them you can always recap later.painting with water 3
  4. When your child starts getting uninterested- in a insanely enthusiastic way introduce the next brush. I know that this is hard for people who aren’t used to being surrounded by small kids , but a little enthusiasm goes a long way- feel free to fake it too .My son loved the roller- I gave it to him last and ended up having to go grab a coffee cause he played with it for almost 20 minutes alone! ( by grabbing a coffee I mean from my kitchen , not Starbucks). painting with water 5
 

Backyard Car Wash !

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This is a fun activity for a nice day! Kids love to do things they see grown ups do and the clean toys are a nice side effect!

  • Gather your materials. What you need for this is a bowl or bucket of water, some dish or hand soap, some wash clothes or sponges, a dish towel and the toys you are going to wash. I like to use sponges because they are easy to cut small enough for toddler hands.backyard toy wash
  • Put the soap in the water, and get some bubbles going.backyard car wash soap
  • Grab a sponge and clean those cars!backyard car wash
  • After sponging them down make sure you dry them well and I let them sit upside down so no water gets stuck in any crevasses.backyard car washing game

Need Truck themed books to go along with your car wash? We have a bunch of fun ones to suggest!

 

Sponge Painting For Toddlers

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Simple but beautiful this sponge painting activity is a great choice for any age but especially fun for toddlers. My son isn’t afraid of getting paint anywhere ( or opposed to tasting it) but for kids not as eager a sponge with a long handle like this one is great for this activity.
 

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some paint ( at least 2 colors for a cool effect), a plate, paper and most importantly a fun sponge like this glass scrubber!sponge prints for toddlers
  2. Pour a few different paint colors onto a plate.sponge prints for little kids
  3. Dip your sponge in and have fun.sponge printing for toddlers My son loved this activity, possible too much!sponge paint fun
  4. Do make sure the paint you are using is non toxic, and watch carefully that they don’t bite the sponge and choke.Do not laugh at your child’s antics, it will only encourage them, as will picture taking, trust me I know!sponge painting with toddlers is fun
  5. Keep offering new paper if they are interested, my son made 3 beautiful paintings ! Also older children can wait until the paint is dry than make pictures like flowers, fish, bugs or aliens out of the prints!sponge printing