Exploring Under The Sea
Living in Michigan we are surrounded by the Great Lakes, and the occasional pond in parks. My daughter is always asking "where's the dolphins? Are there any sharks?" I decided it was time to teach her the difference in bodies of water, and fresh vs salt water. This week was a lot of fun, my daughter and I both love everything to do with water and water play so naturally we had a great time with the sensory actives this week.
JellyFish Beads - I cut a paper plate in half, hole punched 5 - 10 and wrote 5-10 above each hole and strung a piece of yarn under each hole. Her job was to count the beads to match the number and string them on. Greta activity for fine motor, counting, number recognition, and number value.
Octopus 8 - We had a great talk about the octopus and how he uses all 8 of his tentacles with the suckers on them. I had her make 8 suckers on each of his 8 tentacles. Again building on the number value, number recognition and counting skills.
Letter Building - We used our wooden peg board to build various letters Including our letter of the week, Vv! If you are looking for your own wooden peg letter board I have linked you to my educational resources page, check out think link.
Workbooks - We used some of my favorite workbooks this week to work on writing skills. Above is (an older) photo of my absolute favorite workbook subscription! We get this every month in the mail and everyday your child can trace their name, color how they feel, weather, day of the week, and a whole bunch more. Check out this link to learn more about this workbook and other workbooks I love.
Chalkboard Letters - I can't say and emphasize this enough.. change up the format when teaching writing! If you keep only having them practice with crayon and paper they are going to hate writing before Kindergarten! Chalkboard, dry erase, writing in sand/sprinkles/flour is a fun way to teach letters and writing while including sensory.
Sensory and Crafts
Play Doh Sea Creatures - We looked at sea shells and felt their ridges, and make imprints of them on our play doh. She then looked at mini sea creatures and tried to replicate them with play doh.
Hand Crabs - I traced Lucy's hands and cut them out. She helped me glue them on paper, and she added the googly eyes. I cut out pinchers for her to glue on and she finished up the under the sea crab by adding glitter glue seaweed and coral around him, her idea which I LOVED!
Sea Creature Sensory - Before I made it a water sensory bin I want her to pay close attention to the various ocean animals so I put them on a pile of blue rice (link here for how to make) to make them appear to be in water.
Laundry Bottle Cap Boats - I saved bottle caps from my laundry detergent/softeners to be the foundation of our boat. Lucy added play doh and stuck in her straw with the sail she decorated and taped on. The blue cap we decided would be a fun scoop to pick up the water beads. My sensory bin had water, blue gems, water beads, homemade bottle cap boats and scoops and sea creatures in it.