Friday, February 24, 2012

Rice Sensory Bin

When we went to a training a few weeks ago, I was so impressed with their multi-colored rice sensory bin so we made one at home. It's much simpler to make than one would expect. You only need three ingredients: white distilled vinegar or rubbing alcohol, food coloring, and rice. You'll also need one ziplock bag for every color you want to make. First, put the vinegar and food coloring in a ziplock. It should be about 2-3 tbsp vinegar. The amount of color will depend on the intensity of color you want. Mix those well, then add the rice and shake. We originally made pastel colors, but wanted more rice so I added some naturally black rice from the pantry.

The rice is naturally appealing to the kids. They cannot wait to get their hands in it! Hello Kitty went surfing in it. Other animal toys can hide in it. I also gave the kids a funnel and some "shakers" (old spice containers) which they used to pretend they were cooking.

See how quiet they were...okay for the first 5 minutes! ; )

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Cloud Dough

I found this recipe for "cloud dough" on Play Create Explore. Having never played with Moon Dough, I don't know how similar it is, but the girls certainly enjoyed playing with it. It is dry, yet builds like wet sand. It is simply made by mixing 8 parts white flour with 1 part baby oil and it smells great! I have no idea how long it will keep...I guess we will find out! I stored it in a large tupperware bin, but I have mind to make a larger batch one day for a sensory bin.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Valentine's Collage

With almost 30 kids in my girls' preschool class, they came home with a lot of Valentines! To consolidate the mess, we made a collage. We glued the valentine cards onto old school printer paper, but you could use any large paper surface (boxes, packing paper, etc). They love their new work of art and now they can enjoy their Valentines without the paper mess!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Tater Tots

Theme of the day: Potatoes!

Activity #1: Who doesn't love a good game of hot potato?!

Activity #2: Potato Stamps!

Activity #3: Growing our own potato plants in water so we can see the root system.

Activity #4: Make oven fries for dinner!

Other potato activities:

1. Potato Maze (This looks really cool! I just don't know if my kids will leave the box alone long enough for it to work!)

2. Potato Beads

3. Potato Battery

4. Visit the official home of the Idaho Potato.