Thursday, 13 November 2014

Salt Dough Ornaments and Pom Pom Shooters - 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids book review

We've been waiting for this book impatiently! Why? Because it's a kind of sensory play bible :)
I bet you know Fun At Home With Kids blog. Asia Citro who is behind this blog collected over 150 fantastic ideas for messy and sensory play and put them together in "150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids" book. 

Just open the book to find 7 chapters filled in with simple recipes for slimes, playdoughs, paints or handmade toys. Sounds great, isn't it? 

Why we love it? Because it is full of great and simple ideas. Recipes are clear and there are step by step instructions. It is full of tips and ideas how to extend play.There are ideas for all ages - babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Plus there are so many beautiful photos!

Why you will love it? If you are a mom like me you probably think similar "What with all that mess? Is it safe? Where can I start? Where to get the ingredients from?". In her book Asia gives you the answers to all these questions. She explains how to start and gives some tips how to manage the mess and safety issues. And I'm sure when you already start you will love the creative, open-ended sensory play!  

And believe me, these recipes are really simple and easy to make at home. We've tried them! 

We chose to make Pompom Shooters and it took us only 5 minutes to make them (yes! very handy for all those Mummy I'm bored moments). And this one was Mr Frog favorite because we made 3 shooters and we had an hour of fun having family pompoms battle! :) 

Then we made Colored Salt Dough and guess what? I found all the ingredients to make them in my kitchen cupboard! (how easy it is!). We made our first Christmas ornaments this year. 

Now the most important question....where you can get the book?  It's available worldwide!

If you are looking for a great and very special gift idea (Christmas is coming!) you can make a creative kit and give it with a book for a special occasion - here is a DIY Sensory Kit idea from Fun At Home With Kids.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Exploring spices and creating spices pictures

Last week we explored spices. And we loved it! Practicing writing and mark making with spices writing tray was a great sensory experience. 

Yesterday we focused on smell and color creating spices pictures.

Creating pictures using spices is a great sensory experience for a child.

First focus on smell and color. Encourage your child to smell the spices and choose which ones they like (make sure your child doesn't inhale the spices especially cinnamon as this can be dangerous. You can give them an empty jar to smell or put some cotton ball at the top).
Then look at the colors so children can decide what spices they want to use for a picture. Is your child brave enough to taste some of them?
To record all the experiences when tasting and smelling our spices I created a simple table - you can get it HERE. Simple write the spice name and let the child record their sensations by drawing a little face.

After smelling and tasting it's time to create the picture!
All you need is cardboard, PVA glue, painting brush and different spices. Easy as 1, 2, 3....

Making spice pictures kids crafts

1. Paint the scene using PVA glue....

2. sprinkle the spices....

3. shake off and let it dry.

For Mr Frog it was a great sensory adventure. He was brave enough to taste some new spices and was very excited about colors.

craft activitity using spices

Download your table for exploring spices HERE:

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