Kids Play Box http://www.kidsplaybox.com Fun And Easy Kids Activities Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:41:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Fine Motor Activities : Mini Alphabet Eggs Hunt http://www.kidsplaybox.com/fine-motor-activities-mini-alphabet-eggs-hunt/ http://www.kidsplaybox.com/fine-motor-activities-mini-alphabet-eggs-hunt/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:41:18 +0000 http://www.kidsplaybox.com/?p=14526 Use small styrofoam glitter eggs to make a fine motor activity. Egg hunt sensory bin for kids

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Today we share a simple Easter themed fine motor activity with lots of literacy thrown in.

{All our fine motor activities here}

{All our Easter activities here}

Materials {affiliate links below for your reference}

Clear bin Easter Grass Mini styrofoam eggs Circle Paper Punch Tweezers   materials for easter egg hunt in a bin

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Fine Motor Activities : Mini Alphabet Eggs Hunt

Use small styrofoam glitter eggs to make a fine motor activity. Egg hunt sensory bin for kids

This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I will receive a small commission. 

Today we share a simple Easter themed fine motor activity with lots of literacy thrown in.

{All our fine motor activities here}

{All our Easter activities here}

Materials {affiliate links below for your reference}

materials for easter egg hunt in a bin

We added a set of tweezers to up the challenge. I found mine at a Teacher Supplies Store. Amazon carries them as well.

set up fine motor egg hunt sensory bin

Using a black permanent marker, I wrote down the letters on the eggs. { Involve an older child for this part} I made multiples of the vowels. I also made lower case letter eggs for a future matching activity.

Fine Motor Activities : Mini Alphabet Eggs Hunt

Then it’s time for the fine motor egg hunt. Lots of opportunities for vocabulary and conceptual learning. Using the tweezers to pick up the alphabet eggs was a big challenge which was little bit frustrating for the 4 year old. She was in a hurry to find the next letter. Using the tweezer  really helped her slow down and focus. We went hunting for the eggs in the alphabetical order.

hunting for eggs easter fine motor activity

So what do we do with the found eggs? Another mini fine motor activity was in place for that.  I brought out muffin tin and cut out a bunch of super imperfect circles using colored paper { now this when I’d love to have a Circle Paper Punch!!} I wrote down the letters {both upper and lower case} on the circles.

letter recognition

After she found a certain letter egg she would place them in the corresponding slot in the muffin tin.

egg hunting fine motor play

Best way to do this and not simultaneously not overwhelm the child is to just do a few letters you are currently on and make a bunch of the same letter eggs. Just A-H on in one session. Then flip the circles and make the next set of letters/

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Small World Play: Rainforest in a box http://www.kidsplaybox.com/small-world-play-rainforest-box/ http://www.kidsplaybox.com/small-world-play-rainforest-box/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:00:59 +0000 http://www.kidsplaybox.com/?p=8789 Create a fun rain forest in a box for a pretend play session and a fantastic learning opportunity.

We still have the big box! In fact we made this rain forest even before our box throw ball painting and our glow in the dark box fun.

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Create a fun rain forest in a box for a pretend play session and a fantastic learning opportunity.

We still have the big box! In fact we made this rain forest even before our box throw ball painting and our glow in the dark box fun.

If working with an older child, you can easily make the 4 layers of a rain forest and make the activity realistic. For a 4 year old I think just a lot of dense vegetation is enough. Besides it was my 4 year old’s idea to make a giant “rain forest in a box” and I’m pretty sure she did not have “learning the layers of rain forest” in her mind when she suggested this project! So we kept it simple, fun and primarily focused on storytelling with animals.

What we did

With our stash of small branches from our nature walks my preschooler and I taped them to the insides of the box. I lined the floor of the box with a simple play mat made with a regular white paper painted with brown and green paint.

pretend play rainforest

Next we set our paper roll trees. Those are kitchen rolls with tissue paper leaves. My 4 year enjoys making simple crafts - simple being the key and we  love our paper rolls crafts.. To make sure the trees don’t tilt down during play time we put down play dough and it held up the trees.

tree crafts

To create a water body I cut out a blue poster board and we added a few rocks along the edges. >As with many small world play setups, I set out the materials needed to play and the kids explored and enjoyed making an animal scene. You can also see a white yarn hanging for the monkeys..

set out materials

[It was pretty difficult to take pictures during playtime.]

playing

We used our SAFARI TOOBs and other stuffed animals we had on hand to make a fun rainforest scene

close rainforest scene

Here is our creation. This child of mine has a deep passion for creating animal habitats! If you have kid like that at home, this activity  will keep them entertained for a long time. After creating the scene, playing and making up animal stories inside the box was the highlight. By the way Diego ( from the tv show) was mentioned during play time many times.

rainforest craft

Animal habitats sensory/small world we have shared

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Earth Day Art with puffy paint Earth http://www.kidsplaybox.com/earth-day-art-with-puffy-paint-earth/ http://www.kidsplaybox.com/earth-day-art-with-puffy-paint-earth/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:02:54 +0000 http://www.kidsplaybox.com/?p=14514 Simple Earth Day Craft and art for younger kids with a quick puffy paint recipe.

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Earth Day Art with puffy paint Earth

Simple Earth Day Craft and art for younger kids with a quick puffy paint recipe.

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Talking about our planet has become quite easy with the 6 year old since they cover quite a few aspects of it at school. Like many Kindergarteners she has a good grasp of the Solar System and the our planet’s position there. However understanding the environmental conservation aspect of the planet is still a work in progress. While we still talk about the importance of saving our trees, recycling, reusing and generally cleaning up our space we have a long way to go.

Today’s Earth Day Craft and art uses simple materials

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Use a white paper plate and cut out a world map template. The template is really not necessary but my daughter wanted the map inside. So we gave that a go.

earth day craft with shave cream

For the simple puffy paint we used equal parts white glue and shaving cream { Our 1 minute puffy paint recipe post has tons of details about it}

creating earth with shaving cream

We used our favorite gel food color {linked above} to get nice bright colors.

painting with shaving cream puffy paint

If working with younger kids on this Earth Day Craft you could also make green as opposed to just giving them green puffy paint.

earth day puffy paint

Older kids will enjoy talking about the landmass and the water bodies on the planet. Simple questions may arise as to why they are using green for the land instead of brown.

earth

Some kids would want to use their fingers to create their Earth Day art and that’s ok. It is all about exploration!

earth day craft for kids with colored shaving cream

I just love the peaks and the textures this simple puffy paint recipe produces.

earth day art with puffy paint

Let the paper plate Earths dry for a while. Once dry you will see the nice and puffed up paint up close. They make beautiful wall art if you want to display them.

wall art for earth day

If you leave your shaving cream for about 3 days, the puffy paint will go flat and it will eventually dry. However the kids did a cool thing – they were able to remove the map we had painted over since the glue apparently did not do a good job. Once you gently remove the map off the paper plate you will get a beautiful Earth art with lots of texture.

earth day art craft for kids

art for kids for earth day

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Math Activities for Kids : Exploring Volume http://www.kidsplaybox.com/math-activities-kids-exploring-volume/ http://www.kidsplaybox.com/math-activities-kids-exploring-volume/#comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 16:36:05 +0000 http://www.kidsplaybox.com/?p=14495 We had this great opportunity to participate in BonBon Break’s “Fill your Bucket” campaign in partnership with OurPact App. What does “Fill your Bucket” mean to me?

As a hands-on mom who loves hands on math activities and enjoys playing and creating with her kids, I immediately thought that the “Fill Your Bucket” concept lent itself into a fantastic math lesson exploring volume and capacity.…

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Math Activities for Kids : Exploring Volume

We had this great opportunity to participate in BonBon Break’s “Fill your Bucket” campaign in partnership with OurPact App. What does “Fill your Bucket” mean to me?

As a hands-on mom who loves hands on math activities and enjoys playing and creating with her kids, I immediately thought that the “Fill Your Bucket” concept lent itself into a fantastic math lesson exploring volume and capacity.

Read more about our fun math activity on BonBon Break..

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Save the bunnies: Easter science experiment http://www.kidsplaybox.com/save-the-bunnies-easter-science-experiment/ http://www.kidsplaybox.com/save-the-bunnies-easter-science-experiment/#comments Sat, 21 Mar 2015 15:20:58 +0000 http://www.kidsplaybox.com/?p=14483 Wonderfully fizzing sensory science which works as a great Easter sensory activity for kids. A great way to experiment acid-base reactions for kids.

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Materials {affiliate links below for your reference}

 Muffin Pan Food Color Baking Soda
Vinegar Citric Acid Lemon Juice

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Save the bunnies: Easter science experiment

Wonderfully fizzing sensory science which works as a great Easter sensory activity for kids. A great way to experiment acid-base reactions for kids.

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Materials {affiliate links below for your reference}

Ever we did our soapy sculptures activity with frozen bubble bath, the kids have been enjoying playing with those “soap cakes”. Visit the post for detailed directions. Since we had one more muffin tin filled with soap leftover we decided to experiment with the colorful soaps. { Check out our colorful rainbow lemon eruptions science as well}

Instead of playing with more frozen soap, I decided to add some baking soda to it. I removed about half of the soap from each slot of the muffin tin and replaced with baking soda to fill up the slot and nicely mixed it up. I also added a few toys in there. { Remember that the toys you add may stain. So choose wisely}

making the soapy cakes for easter activity

I placed the muffin tin in the freezer until the soap+baking soda cake freezes up. I used a knife to slighly loosen it up and popped them all off.

making baking soda and soapy cakes for sensory science

Place them all in a clear container for some science experiments and sensory activities.

easter science for kids

I partciularly loved this cute bunny sitting in s a soapy baking soda cake.

bunny sensory science for easter

We also trapped a bunch of fairies, flowers and a Chima figure. {Ewar?}

trapping chima guys for sensory science

Then it was time for experimentation. I gave the kids a squeeze bottle filled with vinegar, a bottle of lemon juice and a cup of citric acid. You can do this sensory science with just vinegar as well.

You can first sprinkle the soap cakes with citric acid to start the fizz. Then the kids squirted some lemon juice over them.

flower is trapped

Then they finally went at it with vinegar. The fizzing and foaming action is slow but steady and lasts for a long time. Don’t expect an instant fizzing like our regular baking soda and vinegar reaction experiments. Since a larger quantity of baking soda is frozen along with soap it takes a while for the vinegar to start the reaction. But the foaming lasts a LONG TIME!

sensory play for spring

Adding the bunnies and flowers turned out be great since this can probably work as a wonderful Easter activity for kids.

vinegar sensory play

The foaming soap cakes are such a pleasant site!

sensory easter play

Here are the bunny, flowers and fairies being rescued with the help of some fizzing and foaming action from the vinegar.

sensory fun for easter

Half fizzed soap-baking soda cake with a still-stuck fairy.

trapped fairy

I had my child wait a few seconds before squeezing some more vinegar. This gives the soap cakes and the vinegar a chance to react. They also experimented with sprinkling citric acid and squeezing lemon juice.

all the colors sensory play

 

Quick run down

  • Take a muffin tin
  • Add bubble bath soap and fill up half of each slot
  • Add baking soda for the rest of the half
  • Mix in food coloring and gently mix
  • Add some small toys
  • Place the muffin tin in freezer until the contents freezes up
  • Remove the soap and baking soda cakes
  • Squirt vinegar and lemon juice on them and watch the cakes fizz and foam

Stop by Fun at Home with Kids for their beautiful Foaming Treasure Stars post with a slight twist. You won’t be disappointed!

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Science for Kids : Easter Science with Peeps Boats http://www.kidsplaybox.com/science-for-kids-easter-science-with-peeps-boats/ http://www.kidsplaybox.com/science-for-kids-easter-science-with-peeps-boats/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:04:04 +0000 http://www.kidsplaybox.com/?p=14448 Turn those funny and adorable peeps into boats. Hands on science for kids in this fun Easter Activity for kids. 

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Science for Kids : Easter Science with Peeps Boats

Turn those funny and adorable peeps into boats. Hands on science for kids in this fun Easter Activity for kids. 

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Alright folks, the peeps have hit the stores! Playing with marshmallows is fun.  Here is a fun science project for Easter. People are going to start pounding the peeps, nuking them, cutting them and what not! I love peeps science and peeps experiments and generally all hands on science for kids. But we however are simply going to float our marshmallow peeps and make peeps boats.

Float or sink science experiments are great fun and a fantastic starting point for kids to start exploring density and displacement. Today’s post will give you an opportunity to combine those concepts as well as others if need be { center of mass, wind movement, lift}

 Easter Activity For kids : Peeps Boats Experiment

Materials {affiliate links are provided below}

First lay out your peeps along with supplies needed to make the sails

Peeps Boats Experiment

Foam sails, card stock paper sails, regular white paper sails, fabric sails, tissue paper sails. Explore making sails with different materials. The kids can even cut their own sails and personalize them.

Then attach the sail to the toothpicks using glue or tape. The placement of the sail on the toothpick is up for exploration. Try different positions with your kids. { too high, too low, just right}

materials for peep science

Now time to make the peeps boat. Attach the toothpicks to the peeps. Again here the position of the toothpick on the marshmallow is up for exploration. Depending on the material used for the sail the center of mass may have shifted. For some peeps the toothpick’s position on the head makes the boat stable. For most it will be in the center near the belly of the bunny. Explore!

science with peeps

Time to set sailing. My 6 year made a few paper sails and tissue sails and got her peeps ready for the sailing action.

try different sails

At the heart of science is experimentation, and that’s exactly what we did in this hands on science project. She made 2 sails – one paper and one foam to see the difference. { You could do felt and fabric sails}

marshmallo boats

Place them in a bowl of water if playing with 2-3 peeps.

peeps experiment for floating

But we went to town in this science experiment and made plenty of peeps boats. We needed a larger container.

sail the peeps boats hands on science

Place your boats gently in the water container and observe them.

easter activity for kids peeps boats peep boats for easter kids

How to turn this fun Easter Kids Activity into a fun science experiment

By asking questions!

Start off with the basic ones

1. Why does the peep float?

2.Explore making sails from different materials

The kids used regular white paper, card stock paper, tissue paper and sparkly foam. While the foam was the most eye-catching it made the boat heavier.

3. Which sail { paper, tissue, foam or even fabric} is the best choice for making the most stable boat?

4. Why?

5.  Why do the sails have to be triangular?

Try making different shaped sails

6. Does the position of the toothpick matter?

Try placing the sail at different places 

7. What’s happening to the balance ?

8Explore the effect of wind 

Grab a table fan and gently blow air on the water

Thanks for reading

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Easter Activities for Kids : Chalk Egg Art http://www.kidsplaybox.com/easter-activities-kids-chalk-egg-art/ http://www.kidsplaybox.com/easter-activities-kids-chalk-egg-art/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 06:09:12 +0000 http://www.kidsplaybox.com/?p=14434 This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I will receive a small commission. 

Easter crafts and activities for kids can’t get easier! Use sandpaper and fluorescent chalk to create a wonderful glowing chalk egg art. 

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Easter Activities for Kids : Chalk Egg Art

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Easter crafts and activities for kids can’t get easier! Use sandpaper and fluorescent chalk to create a wonderful glowing chalk egg art. 

Well we are in March and let’s get started with some fun spring activities. For those that plan ahead, today we are sharing a beautiful Easter art project using 2 supplies – sandpaper and fluorescent chalk.

Materials {affiliate links included below}

materials for chalk art

After exploring sandpaper and various other materials in couple of our previous posts  { sandpaper and chalk art & sandpaper and fabric art} we decided to put a seasonal twist on it and create a cute little glowing egg garland. Visit out original sandpaper and chalk post for a detailed description of the project/

Easter Activity for Kids – how to create Easter art with fluorescent chalk

Use a simple egg outline printable and cut your sandpaper into small oval shapes. Set out your glow chalk and plug in your black light. { We love this backlight we purchased from Amazon and have already used it in our glowing puffy paint art earlier} Now to have fun with this Easter art you DON’T need a backlight. Scroll down and you will see the egg garland looks gorgeous in daylight and will make a your home  festive

GLOW CHALK

Since we have our backlight we did our art project with the light on and it surely did double the fun.I love that this chalk is really UV reactive . The colors fluoresced beautifully.

create egg art with glowing chalk on sandpaper

Both the kids and i enjoyed creating patterns on our sandpaper eggs.

chalk glow for easter

My 6 year old was all into creating faces and not into making traditional patterns on the eggs.

chalk eggs

My 4 year and I did a few egg patterns and all the while she couldn’t stop talking about the glow.

glow eggs

We just kept reminding the kids to not really press the chalk on to the sand paper. Don’t forget to buy low grit sandpaper and not heavy one. The chalk won’t last if the paper is too coarse.

kids art easter craft

Making the Easter Art Egg Garland

As I told you without the blacklight the eggs still look beautiful. Once you pick up the eggs some of the chalk dust does fall off. But not much honestly {the label says it is dustless}

easter art with eggs and chalk

I wouldn’t lay on the chalk too light either. Just find a good balance.

egg art

String them on some baker’s twine and admire their beauty!

easter craft bunting with chalk and sandpaper

They look great as a banner on a plain wall too.

easter egg banner

Simple Easter activity that kids will enjoy.

sandpaper art bunting for waster

I think the best way to enjoy this Easter art project is to have the kids create their eggs under black light and then simply hang it on your wall.  The colors are too good! Just for fun, turn off all the lights after dark and flash some backlight it and enjoy.

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Scavenger hunt for kids : Sticky color hunt http://www.kidsplaybox.com/scavenger-hunt-for-kids/ http://www.kidsplaybox.com/scavenger-hunt-for-kids/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:23:55 +0000 http://www.kidsplaybox.com/?p=7555 Scavenger hunts have recently become fun for my kids. These kids activities are perfect for younger kids – gets them outside, happy, moving, exploring  nature and more than anything appears to be a game. Setting up scavenger hunt for kids followed naturally since hunting for things and accomplishing a task has become a favorite for my preschooler.…

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Scavenger hunt for kids : Sticky color hunt

Scavenger hunts have recently become fun for my kids. These kids activities are perfect for younger kids – gets them outside, happy, moving, exploring  nature and more than anything appears to be a game. Setting up scavenger hunt for kids followed naturally since hunting for things and accomplishing a task has become a favorite for my preschooler. The sense of achievement during a fun scavenger hunt for kids seem to fuel her and this has been a fairly recent development. I can’t say the same for my toddler who still much prefers to not follow directions obviously owing to her age. Ironically I had my toddler in mind when we designed this scavenger hunt.

Materials { affiliate links below}

Here is our Amazon Affiliate link for contact paper

For this kids activity, I cut out several construction papers into half and used tape to secure contact paper to the colored paper. Now the sticky side of the contact paper will be facing you and you will now have colored sticky paper. That’s the only prep you need to do for this kids activity.

scavenger hunts preparation colored paper

Before ” announcing” the scavenger hunt for kids, I did a minor thing  to keep the process manageable. Use a clipboard!actually a thick book with a clothespin.

scavenger hunts for kids prepare with color paper and contact paper

 Since we have a 4 year old and a 2 year old I had to tweak the whole game multiple times during the play session and we ended up with the kids version- which means run back and forth  to get all the sticky sheets and get super excited with all the flowers available for plucking.

My 4 year old was just as excited for this scavenger hunt as my toddler for whom this kids activity was initially planned. It soon became a collaborative kids activity.

We would pick a color and run around the house looking for same colored items.It soon became look for flowers! Instead of just collecting items on a scavenger hunt, that immediate gratification of sticking and organizing seemed to have a good effect on them.

scavenger hunts for kids collecting material

sticking yellow for scavenger hunts

After a while they tried to hang on to all the sticky cards so that they can pick any color an instantly sort them. Holding on to all the sticky cards was not that easy. Better to “stick” to one color at a time.

collecting white roses for scavenger hunts

beautiful white

Our California Poppies in all its glory.

sticking orange in scavenger hunts for kids

We even took out scavenger hunt to the local park since we had a play date right after our at-home play session. Although we didn’t do the entire scavenger hunt there we collected nature’s bits and came back and sorted and stuck them to our color cards.

backyard scavenger hunts

Our green and yellow scavenger hunt color card have one thing in common. My 4 year old picked 2 leaves from the same plant – one was bright green and one apparently is over-watered since the leaf was yellow. She got a kick out of that one!

green color nature bits

After sorting and sticking here are our colored scavenger hunts sticky sheets. I love our yellow!

final show of our scavenger hunts for kids

What did we do with our sticky treasures sheets from our scavenger hunt? The kids taped them up on the wall. The idea is to use them as a place where they would stick their nature bits they collect during our hikes and walks.

final show of all colored nature bts

Do your kids pick up stuff on your hikes and walks? I bet they do!  Do you keep them? What do you do with the treasures?

We have shared a few toddler friendly intentional learning ideas before

SPRING CRAFT COLOR LEARNING

       toddlers math activity with play dough and numbers

sensory activities for toddlers

shapes for toddlers

    spring crafts

Some wonderful collaborative e-books we have released!

A book filled with playful science and math activities

SCIENCE BOOK

Check out our resourceful e-book filled with many preschool play ideas.

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Frozen Soapy Sculptures Sensory Play http://www.kidsplaybox.com/frozen-soapy-sculptures-sensory-play/ http://www.kidsplaybox.com/frozen-soapy-sculptures-sensory-play/#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:05:52 +0000 http://www.kidsplaybox.com/?p=14389 This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I will receive a small commission. 

Build sculptures with fragrant soap and then engage in glorious sensory play

Sensory play is still exciting around here – especially when they involve lots of bright colors. To make an invitation to play even more exciting just bump up the color factor and watch the kids pounce on that kids activity.…

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Frozen Soapy Sculptures Sensory Play

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Build sculptures with fragrant soap and then engage in glorious sensory play

Sensory play is still exciting around here – especially when they involve lots of bright colors. To make an invitation to play even more exciting just bump up the color factor and watch the kids pounce on that kids activity. Last time we played with soap was when we made our popular sudsy goop recipe. This time we are doing something awesome with soap. Fun building activity and a sensory play idea.

Materials

I purchased my bubble bath from Wal-Mart for under $3 and got plenty of soap cakes.

How to make frozen soap

  • Simply pour your bubble bath soap in individual cups and add food color to it. Be sure to buy clear soap since you are going to mix colors.
  • Gently swirl and mix the colors making sure there aren’t any big drops of food color sitting at the bottom of the cups. You can also directly do the color mixing in the muffin pan. But getting the color evenly spread out that way is harder.
  • Before pouring the colored soap you can also insert some of your cupcake liners inside the slots if you want to make  soap cakes with ridges.
  • We used a variety of molds – muffin pan, heart shaped short bread pan, regular ice trays.
  • Adding glitter to the soapy mixture is optional but highly recommended.


SOAP CAKES FOR PLAY

Once you pour the soapy mixture into the muffin pan, place it in the freezer. Once frozen getting the soap cakes out is not that hard. Just let the muffin pan sit out for 5 minutes and use a knife to pop off the frozen soap.

SOAP PLAY

 

Make Frozen soap sculptures for kids

Those fragrant frozen soap is just begging to be played with, right? {We have done ice sculptures in the past }I set out all the soap in our sensory bin { which is a clear container basically}

SCENTED SOAP SENSORY PLAY

First my 4 year was very eager to smell the soap cakes and spent some time feeling them.

SENSORY PLAY WITH FROZEN SOAP

She also was very excited to see the bright colors and pretending these were bug eyes and was cracking up so hard. I always adore watching the little kids’ imagination take off during play.

SOAP SCULPTURES

Then she naturally started building. When we started this kids activity because of her sister’s sudden interest in freezing all kinds of things I didn’t know what they are going to do with the frozen soap. The 4 year old knew what she wanted to do with all those soap – build and make frozen soap sculptures.

STACKING SOAP

She started stacking them up while making up stories.

build with soap

Big sister also quickly jumped in and made this gorgeous frozen soap bridge

BUILDING WITH SENSORY SOAP

Those heart molds we used turned out to be a great idea since these tiny soap hearts were perfect for playing.

HEARTY SOAPS PLAY IDEA

More stacking and building ensued

BEAUTIFUL BLUE SOAP SCULPTURES

I loved that my 6 year old pointed out that these sculptures her sister was building looked very much like all the cairns we see during our hikes. We love to explore our local trails and we always see artistically stacked stones done so . There is so much science and math to it as well since balancing them is not that easy.

BUILD WITH FROZEN SOAP

On to Frozen Soap Sensory Play

Before continuing be sure to read this lovely post on ” Why sensory play is important” 

After building stacking soap towers, the 4 year decided to engage in sensory play.

SENSORY PLAY IDEA WITH FROZEN SOAP

She smooshed the frozen soap and started smearing the crushed remains. The soap cakes apparently are a lot of fun to be broken into pieces and smeared around.

MUSHY SOAP SENSORY PLAY

 

Once that’s done plenty of times the frozen soap cakes turn into this beautiful mush.

SOAP MUSH

 

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40 Dramatic Play Ideas http://www.kidsplaybox.com/40-dramatic-play-ideas/ http://www.kidsplaybox.com/40-dramatic-play-ideas/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 13:00:16 +0000 http://www.kidsplaybox.com/?p=6445 Dramatic play/ role play whatever you want to call is the pinnacle of play based learning. There is so much learning involved while playing .These posts on Scholastic and on Crayon Freckles  sum up clearly the importance and benefits of role play.

Here we have gathered a number of general role play ideas which have many elements to encourage reading, writing, doing simple math.…

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Dramatic play/ role play whatever you want to call is the pinnacle of play based learning. There is so much learning involved while playing .These posts on Scholastic and on Crayon Freckles  sum up clearly the importance and benefits of role play.

Here we have gathered a number of general role play ideas which have many elements to encourage reading, writing, doing simple math. Under each general idea we have collected numerous ways to set up the same dramatic play. Choose the one which appeals to you and surprise your child with a fun role play setup. The reason for including many links for the same idea is the multiple differences in details. It could be the same flower shop or same picnic or school , but different blogs have varying focus on the same play idea. Please pay attention to the details in each link and you should have a fair idea on how to create a resourceful play scene. Of course, you can always completely forget about play based learning and just play!

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I have categorized the tons of ideas in the post below in 4 MAIN categories for easy reading.

Dramatic Play Ideas that encourage

  1. Reading & Writing
  2. Math Skills
  3. Vocabulary & Concepts
  4. Overcoming anxiety & fears

Reading and writing

All role play ideas can be turned into reading, writing,math and getting creative prompts. That’s why the ideas generally will fall into more than 1 category. Having said that, some play set ups have a built-in literacy or math prompts like school role play, library role play, post office role play, store play. The following categorization is based simply on my observation of my child’s play style.

 School Dramatic Play

What kind of play encourages reading and writing than class room dramatic play set up. All the kids love to pretend to be adults ot anyone who is in charge. Kids who are used to school or who have seen homeschooling moms teach would love to engage this kind of play. When they carry out a teacher’s role it inevitably ends up with some reading.

school role play

 Inner Child Fun - fun and frugal

Learn With Play at Home  –  with tips for extending the play.

Childhood101- with a useful list of materials needed.

Library Dramatic Play

This kind of role play idea has so much potential for reading and writing . The following links each has a unique focus and please pay attention to the details in the posts.

library pretend play

The Good Long Road’s - very  creative library setup. The laptop is genius

No Time for Flash Cards – easy tutorial on making index cards flaps

The Pleasantest Thing‘s- brimming with details without being fancy.

Post Office Dramatic Play

This kind of play doesn’t need any introduction. Post office role play screams fun writing, scribbling, pre-writing, doodling, drawing. It can be anything. Visit the following links for more inspiration and ideas.

post office role play

My personal favorite -Post Office Play setups have oodles of opportunities for writing.Visit these links and see how each of these talented bloggers have set up their post office in a different way. Check them out and be inspired!

Nurture Store ‘s- tips for creating gentle writing prompts while having fun with the kids.

Buggy and Buddy’s adorable post office set up is something you want to look into.

post office

Kids Activities Blog- play mailboxes and play kits.

Let’s Lasso the Moon‘s- family mailbox

Crayons Freckles – realistic mailbox using simply a brad

Getting Messy with Jessi - mail delivery process.

Office Dramatic Play

Kids love to pretend to be adults. What’s more exciting to them than pretending to work at an office, making phone calls, punching calculators and using grown up pens. This role play idea encompasses multiple categories, language, fine motor and reading&writing.

office dramatic play

Mom with a lesson plans -opportunities to engage in writing

Teach Preschool’s use of real items to setup a role play scene is fantastic.

Restaurants and Coffee Shops play are also a wonderful way to encourage reading and math (menus, prices). Down below I have included them in our language category.

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Vocabulary and Concepts

Allmost all dramatic play prompts develop budding language and conversation skills. Some more than the others, especially the ones where there are more than one distinct role to be played. If your are in the moment playing with your child( the best kind!) or if the child has a companion or at times if the kid is taking on more than 1 role, the following ideas are worth taking a look.

Picnics and Tea Parties

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Creative Playhouse – toddler picnic.

Growing a Jeweled Rose  – tea party.

Construction Zones & Workshops

construction pretend play

Crayon Freckles - play dough construction zone

Little Explorers – “Fix It” workshop.

Restaurants

No Time for Flash Cards – restaurant dramatic play idea. 

La Force be with you – wonderful DIY recipe book for kids. Easily adapt the idea and turn it into a menu

New Ideas

Fireflies and Mudpies - squash shop with fun conversation

Glittering Muffins - door to door salesperson

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Math Skills

Any store/ restaurant related role play set up will have inbuilt math play prompt. Below I have a few fantastic and inspiring stores role play ideas

Bakery/ Sweet Shop

bakery-setting

Our own bakery dramatic play 

Kids Activities Blog- play dough candy store

Toy Store

pretend toy store

No Time For Flash Cards‘s toy store

L earn with play at home - learn numbers

Flower Shop

Let’s go Fly a Kite - has a handy materials list for a fun flower shop play

The Imagination Tree – Garden center

Ice Cream Shop

Learning 4 Kids‘s- ice cream shop with recyclables

Grocery Store

grocery store

A Mom with a lesson Plan - easy set up but full of ideas for play materials.

Playing House has a ultra simple grocery store set up. No reason not to do this with your kid.

Bank

I think playing “Bank” would be a great idea for older kids. Introducing simply ” deposit” and “withdrawal” terms while showing them what they mean is a fun way to introduce “Money” to them.

Crayon Freckles - use lite brite to play bank. Extend the activity depending on the kid’s age.

Kindergartenkindergarten has a clever way to use a tri-fold board as an ATM.

Coffee Shop

Cafe role play collage text

The Imagination Tree -works as a reading prompt as well.

Growing a Jeweled Rose - sensory play and dramatic play set up.

Fairy and the Frog - play dough coffee Shop

Food Truck

Tinkerlab – box truck (must see!)

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Overcoming fears/anxiety

Dramatic play is great for over coming fears and many kids are not so ok with going to the doctor, am I right? Role play can be used to ease the child into any situation. If my child is afraid of the doctor I’d set up a simple hospital role play. For kids who are uncomfortable with hair cuts, hair salon play would be great. Also fears need not be the only issue that can be addressed Think about slow to warm up or at times shy kids. Role playing a certain anxious situation like park/play ground or simply a store would be a wonderful tool to overcome hesitation and worry. Ideally role play ideas under language skills would overlap with overcoming anxiety.

Some hospital and doctor’s office set-ups

doc mcstuffins clinic pretend play

Growing a Jeweled Rose – hospital setup

Fairy and the Frog -doll hospital set up

Crayon Freckles - Doc Mc Stuffins Play

Hair Salon - For fun or to overcome haircut anxiety

salon pretend play

Dramatic Play in the Tub!

Lemonade Stand

Printables

Growing Pre K

Pre-K Pages

Round Up

Simple Kids

Few more incredible ideas

Vet clinic ideas

Car Wash dramatic play

Cloud Dough ice cream shop set-up with a homemade recipe

So many possibilities, so many spins..

A big Collection of 40 plus role play dramatic play ideas for kids

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