Sensory Ideas

We read “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and discussed what senses were used. The bears and Goldilocks smell and taste the porridge, goldilocks feels the chairs and beds, the bears see Goldilocks in the bed. I would stop when needed and ask “What sense are they using now?”

For a unit on the five senses, I fill my sensory table with all of the flower heads and herbs, from my garden. Normally I cut down all my perennials in my garden, but they find a nice place in the sensory table. The children can observe different colors, textures and scents. Actually its a great big potpourri bowl and makes the classroom smell great.

We were talking about our five senses. In our dramatic play area we set up a clothes store. During the week of ‘touch’. we used different types of fabrics example a straw, purse, a velvet purse and a toy purse. We did this with different types of clothes. We also used a large cardboard box and made it a dressing room by putting a valance taped to the front of the box. Added a cash register and some money as they paid for their clothes. Our preschoolers enjoyed this area!

Texture Books Cut squares from cardboard and then punch a hole in the top right corner of each square (make about 5 per child). Then cut out squares of materials with different textures (it is best to prepare all of this ahead of time). Materials to use can include felt, bubble wrap, sand paper, fake fur, and satin. Allow the children to glue one material to each page, then bind together with a metal key ring.

Working with 2’s and 3’s I have found that the shaving foam play is a hit every time… but there is also another way to do this! Simply put down al foil and use baby lotion, they love it This is a great 15-20 activity with minimal clean-up. Enjoy!

Scented Play-dough
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tarter
1 cup water with coloring
1 tablespoon cooking oil
Any flavors/extracts (vanilla, almond, orange, mint, etc.)

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan. Cook for @3 minutes stirring constantly until a firm ball forms. You can add more coloring or extract after, if necessary.


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