I think most toddlers’ favorite thing to do is make messes, and my apartment can attest to that. Sometimes you just need to let them do their thing in a controlled environment. My daughter Violet loves to watch me paint and gets upset when I don’t allow her to touch my very toxic non-baby safe supplies. Although I would love for her to join me, she is fifteen months old and not quite ready for big girl paint. Edible Finger paint is a great safe way to let her explore her creativity!
My favorite part of being a mom is all the fun and silly activities you can do with your kids. One of my main goals with my children is to create as many fun memories with them as possible, and they won’t get that sitting in front of the tv. So if you need some creative ideas to keep your kids entertained this Summer, you’ve come to the right place! I can’t wait to try all of these.
This simple preschool sensory activity can be done using basic household supplies — just salt and a cookie sheet! I love doing sensory activities with my kids. Before my kids are old enough for structured crafts or more formal preschool activities, we start with sensory activities. Yes, they are messy, but kids get so much out of sensory activities, especially during the preschool years and they always have a blast.
Sensory play has always been a favorite of mine. If given the choice, wouldn’t you rather play with squishy things then do any real “work”?
I ran a home daycare and preschool in my home when my oldest kids were young. We incorporated sensory activities into nearly everything we could. Most days you’d find us playing in “goop” or fishing a variety of things out of our homemade bean table.
Sensory may look like nothing but play but there are endless things that kids can learn from it. We learn through our senses, and using ALL our senses can really get little brains going. Sometimes that means sticking your hand in a bowl full of jello. One of our favorite sensory activities during my home daycare years was good old corn starch and water . . . affectionally called “goop”.
Babies learn by touching things, smelling things, eating things. They love to use their senses to explore the world around them. That’s great in theory but as a mom faced with a child who puts everything in sight in their mouth it can seriously keep you on your toes.
With a 9 month old in the house, we’re fully in exploration mode around here. I shared some of our favorite sensory activities for babies over on the Right Start Blog.