One of the things I wanted to start doing this year was to have more intentional "school" time with the kids each week. I haven't quite mapped out a plan for our days yet, there are so many things I want to teach them, but I don't want to overcommit our days and wind up with cranky kids and a cranky mommy who didn't accomplish all of her goals. I'll be continuing to fine tune the details, but I know for sure that I want to do more tot trays with the kids. They're great for us, because I can prep them in advance, I can have one activity that the kids both do, or prep two trays with separate activities, and they're so easy to clean up afterwards!
We have a few sets of Imaginext toys that I found on Ebay last year, so I decided to work them in and set up a small world for the kids. Floam is great for playing with other toys because it's so low mess, I wouldn't want play dough in all of the nooks and crannies of some of these toys, but floam is much cleaner!
Most of the time when we play with a sensory material, I have the children use small animal toys or manipulatives that are specifically for sensory play, so they were really excited to combine their normal toys with the floam today. I think it really helped to energize the play time and it sparked some new ideas for playing with old toys!
They were back and forth between the two activities all afternoon, making aliens at the tot tray station, then bringing them to play in the small world on the table. This was definitely a good way to keep them entertained, and I worked in all sorts of language skills with Gray, talking about the colors and texture of the floam. Aurora is working on her letters, she can identify most of them, so now we're focusing on beginning spelling, what words start with which letters, so today of course, A was for alien!
For more sensational sensory ideas, check out my Pinterest board devoted to exploring the senses! Follow Brigette @ Life Lesson Plans's board Kids: Sensory & Small World Bins on Pinterest.