Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer Sensory Activities and Shopping Lists (printable plan)

I have had lots of questions from my various instagram post about all the fun sensory activities we are doing this summer. For those that don't know sister is on a " Sensory Diet" and these activities are good for her development ( google it). Fenn also struggled with SPD as a toddler so he still loves all these activities and ideas, plus... it's just something different. They know that generally during the week days we will try one new " activity" or " experiment" and they really look forward to it. The surprise of what it will be is probably half of the fun. 
Don't go getting any wild ideas about how its just super fun and awesome over here though because some days might be fun and interesting and other days I might work 16 hours and they spend too much time on TV and iPads.. Just a reminder to keep it all in perspective when it comes to social media. That is a mere GLIMPSE not a whole picture... 

Because it took me hours and weeks to get a good plan together I wrote it all up in Evernote so that anyone else who wants to try it could just print and go. :) 

First off is this amazing little DIY table some mom put on pinterest. ( she has full instructions and materials list on her blog) . Bubs whipped this out for us and I spray painted it gold because, well everything looks better gold, and I had some left over gold spray paint on hand. 
These plastic bins are really helpful for keeping sensory messy projects contained. I also use an old vintage sheet ala Goodwill underneath the table to make mess less stressful. Sister can NOT stay inside the box to save her life.

Currently Sister is into Peppa Pig and Fenn is into Pokemon and Shopkins so I use small plastic figures for those for several of these little activities.

And also.. both of my kids LOVE watching you tube channels where they play with and review toys. If you have not reached this stage of parenting yet, you will. Most kids I know are really into this. Fenn asked me if he could make a video like that so I have been filming him talking about his toys and not only is it hilarious, but it is good for him to pretend and play and I like that he was inspired and wanted to do it himself. You can "Subscrive" as he says it to his you tube channel HERE. The actual videos are pretty loooonngg and boring but the last few seconds are hilarious. 

Next up: The Plan.....

Puzzles & Beans ( Mix puzzle pieces in the bean box and let kids search for them. 
1 Wooden Puzzle ( preferably with many pieces like ABC’s) , Several bags of dried kidney beans, Plastic box with Lid.  
Pouring Station
1 Long shallow Plastic box, multiple cups, measuring cups, funnel, dropper , food coloring or bath tabs. 
Orbeez & Toys
Bag of Orbeez, Plastic box with lid, spoons and scoops, small plastic toys of some sort. 
Frozen Block of Toys
Plastic Container or bowl, small plastic toys, salt, small blunt hammer
Salt Painting
paper, elmers glue, salt, paintbrushes, colored water
Ice Box
Ice Cubs, big plastic shallow Box, helping hands tools, colored water
Baking Soda Fizz
Pyrex or Plastic shallow dish, baking soda ( 2 boxes) Vinegar, food coloring , droppers
DIY Moon Sand
Flour, Baby Oil
Ivory Soap Clouds
Bar of Ivory soap, Food Coloring, Dropper
Sock Bubbles
water Bottle, food coloring, dish soap, sock, duct tape or rubber band 
Chains and Cups
Lengths of chain ( from hardware store), cups
Play Dough and cookie cutters/Tools
Sandbox and tools
Car Wash
Bucket, sponge, water hose, Scrubber, soap and riding toys
Box Playhouse
Big Cardboard box from appliance or furniture, markers/paint ,Scissors or exact knife.
Bake a Cake
Cake Mix, Pan, Icing, 
Paper Mache Head
Balloons, Newspaper, paint, glue, water, (decorations for face/hair optional)
Rainbow Spaghetti 
Spaghetti ( 5 boxes) , Gel Food Coloring, Big plastic box
Balloon Tennis
Balloons, Fly Swatters, 
Make a Water Blob
Painters Plastic, Iron, Duct Tape, Parchment Paper
Play Silks 
Play Silks, Empty Wipe Box
Make a Bird Feeder
Empty Tissue Roll, Peanut Butter , Bird Seed, String

Supplies List Via Amazon

Clear Boxes with Lids:

Bath Tabs ( I like these b.c they don’t stain and last about a year):

Helping Hands Sensory Tools:

Big Shallow Plastic Box:

Twisty Droppers:

Painter’s Plastic

Play Silks

Links to Explain Activities:

Ice Box Activity
Salt Painting
Baking Soda Fiz
Ice Block
Moon Sand Recipe
Soap Clouds
Sock Bubbles
Rainbow spaghetti
Balloon Tennis
Water Blob
Toddler Car Wash
Puzzles & Bean Box
DIY Bird Feeder
Foam Sand

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