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Oobleck – Sensory Science Play

What is Oobleck?

Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid; it has properties of both liquids and solids. Its pressure dependent – You can slowly dip your hand into it like a liquid, but if you squeeze the oobleck or punch it, it will feel solid. 

The name oobleck comes from the Dr. Seuss book, β€œBartholomew and the Oobleck.” In the story, oobleck, a gooey green substance, fell from the sky and wreaked havoc in the kingdom.

Oobleck makes a great science project or simply have fun playing with it, like us. πŸ˜€

What you need

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups cornstarch
  • Green food coloring (optional)

How to

  • Add few drops of food coloring to water. Mix well.
  • Add cornstarch in to a storage bin or bowl and add colored water a bit at a time.
  • Keep stirring until it has a gooey consistency. You may want to use your hands.
  • Oobleck is now ready to play with.

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    Miss A(3yrs) & Miss D(2yrs) had so much fun playing with it. I underestimated this activity – didn’t expect it to be this awesome. We all enjoyed it! (Even hubby!!). It was an amazing experience. My kids were playing with it for more than an hour. They did get themselves and the place messy but cleaning was easy – just clean using water πŸ˜€ Plus all those laughing is so much worth the mess. 

    You could also make huge quantities of oobleck – in kids water pool and enjoy it outdoors. If you make enough, you can even walk on it. Something i want to try in summer.

    Here’s what we did with the Oobleck

    • Grab a handful and squeeze it – it oozes through your fingers.
    • Make a puddle and quickly drag your fingers through it. My LOs tried to cut it using playdough knife.
    • Roll some oobleck into a ball. It becomes solid, but when you stop moving it, it will melt back into your hand.
    Posted in Fine Motor Activity, Sensory Bin, Sensory Play

    Water Beads & Shaving Cream – Sensory Play

    I was trying to find ways to play with the Water beads before it gets too small. Came across this activity on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a try. 

    I got to say- it was an ultimate sensory experience. Shaving cream by itself is a great sensory play and when you add water beads to it, its so much fun for kids.

    This activity is so easy to set up. Just take a bin and add shaving cream & water beads to it -(Assuming the water beads are ready to use). Use a sheet to hold the mess.

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    Miss A(3yrs) & Miss D(2yrs) really enjoyed this snesory play. They scooped it up to make icecreams, cones, transferring into measuring cups and also loved to touch and feel with their hands. Pinching the water beads in the shaving cream and picking up was a great fine motor activity. Plus it smells so good!! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

    If you haven’t tried this yet, give it a try! πŸ‘

    Posted in Fine Motor Activity, Sensory Bin, Sensory Play, Valentine Day Activities

    Water Beads – Sensory Play

    Water Beads are squishy, slippery and fun to play with. It’s a great sensory experience for all. (Yes! For all πŸ˜€) Your LOs will have so much fun with them. Although they are intended to be used for floral arrangements, its safe to be played with but not edible. So it may not suit kids who still put things in mouth. Preferably monitor your kids when playing with it.

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    What you need

    • Water Beads – you could get them at any craft store or dollar store from floral section.
    • Water
    • Storage bin – we used toy storage bin

    How to

    • Empty the water beads into the container.
    • Pour water – 1 tsp beads needs 6 cups of water. It grows almost 50 times in size. 
    • Soak them overnight. Our pack said 8-10 hrs.
    • Once big, rinse & drain. Transfer the water beads into a storage bin. 
    • Add any tools to it. We used heart cookie cutters, muffin pans, ice cube tray, acrylic hearts and silicone heart mould, tongs along with some cups and spoons.
    • Now, your all set to play and have fun.

    Miss A(3yrs) & Miss D(2yrs) had an amazing experience with these. They had so much fun playing with it all evening. I couldn’t resist – had to join in the fun and should say it was soothing & relaxing. πŸ˜€ They loved it so much, they played with it the next morning too..

    D was all about scooping, pouring, filling the ice cube tray. She liked to touch, pick and squish- even broke a few. She did enjoy picking the bin and shaking it to see what sound it makes and how the bead moves.

    A filled all the cups with beads. She did like to separate the acrylic hearts from beads and arranged the hearts on the silicone mold. That was some patterning right there. Also she filled each cookie cutter with beads to see which can hold more beads ( learning about measurement) and tried to form hearts with it. She also filled the muffin pans with beads and hearts. 1 bead and 1 heart, then 2 beads and 1 heart, then 2 beads and 2 hearts. I spoke to her about ratios 1:1, 1:2 and how 2:2 =1:1. Although she small for that now – just introduced the concept to her.

    I like how kids learn so much while playing even without realizing. That makes learning more fun. Don’t you think?

    We will be exploring more ways to play with the water beads soon. πŸ˜€

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    Posted in Fine Motor Activity, Sensory Play, Winter Crafts & Activities

    Frosty Winter Wall – Sticky Mural

    The Sticky Mural activity we did a while back was a big hit with my LOs. Ever since, they love contact paper activities. We used to have murals up once in few weeks and play with any sticky materials, sometimes just paper – tear/cut & stick. Frosty Winter Wall is one such simple fine motor activity for kids that boosts their creativity while exploring different textures & shapes.πŸ‘

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    What you need

    • Contact paper
    • Painters tape
    • Cotton balls
    • White pompoms
    • Q tips
    • Cotton pads
    • White felt snowman
    • White felt snowflake
    • White felt tree

    How to

    • Stick the contact paper on the wall or a window, sticky side out. We taped a large area on the wall, well enough for them to share & play.
    • Give your LOs the loose parts to explore.
    • The snowman, snowflake & tree is not necessary, but my LOs wanted it to create a winter scene around. They were not into the pompoms. You can choose to add other loose parts according to your kids needs/ interests.

    Miss A(3yrs) & Miss D(2yrs) had a lot of fun with this activity. Miss D was all about the q tips and cotton balls. We made some snowflakes with them and then she randomly placed them all over. She was busy playing with the felt snowman and snowballs(cotton balls). Miss A said the q tips were christmas lights (thats right, they still talk about christmas 😳)  and decorated it around the felt tree. Then she added more hanging lights to the scene saying it looked just like our neighbours christmas lights (they had the dripping ice lights on πŸ˜€). We also made a snowman with the cotton pads and gave him q tip hands. The cotton balls when stamped on the contact paper leaves a fluffy residue. Miss A said it looked like snow. Then the girls stamped the whole area with cotton balls until nothing could stick on the contact paper anymore. πŸ˜‚ It gave a perfect frosted look to our wall. I loved to watch them play & enjoyed listening to their stories. We did this activity on a freezing snow day- we couldnt get outside and it kept them busy all morningπŸ˜€

    Posted in Fine Motor Activity, PlayDough, Scissor Skills - Cutting Activity, Sensory Play

    Cutting PlayDough – Learning to use Scissors

    Learning to use scissors can be challenging for kids. Paper is filmsy and can be difficult for kids to hold them and cut. Using Playdough is a great way to develop early scissor skills. Its much easier than paper and encourages kids to keep trying – boosts their confidence.πŸ‘

    What you need

    How to

    • Roll out the playdough into long strips.
    • Let your LOs cut them into small pieces using the scissors.

    I would recommend using plastic safety scissors for toddlers. Its not sharp, doesnt hurt hands and cuts just paper and few soft materials like Playdough. Miss A(3 yrs) has been using scissors for a while now. She started practicing scissor skills by cutting construction paper – She got a hold of it after few try’s. Miss D(23 months) hasnt tried cutting anything other than our Hair Cutting Sticks. Shes knows to hold her scissors pretty well now but doesnt generally get a hold of the construction paper and gets easily frustrated. When i gave her Playdough strips to cut, she was so happy because she was able to do it. You could also let your kids roll out the Playdough into strips. It’s more fun and adds to sensory & imaginative play while working on fine motor skills. πŸ˜€

    Posted in Fall Activities, Farm Animals, Fine Motor Activity, Sensory Bin, Sensory Play

    Old Mac Donald Had a Farm – Fall Farm Sensory Bin

    This Fall Farm Sensory Bin was a quick sunday evening play set up for my kids, when it was too cold to go outside. It was very easy to put up with things we already had at home. We love our sensory bins and this was no exception. A fun way to learn about farm animals. If your kids love farm animals or if your looking for a farm theme/ fall theme sensory activity try this out πŸ˜€

    What we used

    • Storage bin
    • Farm Animals (dog, cat, duck, cow, lamb, goat, horse, chicken, turkey)
    • Farmer
    • Empty Toilet Paper roll
    • Plastic Easter eggs
    • Craft Feathers
    • Decorative Indian Corn
    • Plastic trees & plants
    • Pompoms
    • Tractor
    • Craftsticks
    • Corn Kernels

    How to set up

      • I used the corn kernels as a base for the fall farm. Reused them from our Fall Sensory Bin.
      • The Farmer was the man from our lego duplo restaurant set. His pets – dogs (farm dog & figaro) & a cat.
      • Placed ducks on a carboard box (symbolizes pond) – you could stick a blue construction paper on it or paint it blue.
      • Used green plastic easter eggs as grass for cattle and a couple of large green lacing beads in the corner as grass bails.
      • For poultry – added some plastic easter eggs and craft feathers around them and placed a decorative indian corn as food(also reused from our fall sensory bin).
      • The blue farm tractor was from our construction vehicles set from dollar store.
      • Built a horse pen for our horses using Velcro Craftsticks
      • Used the top part of the decorative corn as hay for the horses and placed a couple of empty toilet paper rolls to symbolize hay rolls.
      • Placed some green pompoms for greenery and some plastic trees and plants around.
      • Viola! Our fall farm was all set and ready to be played with πŸ˜€

      Miss A (3 yrs) & Miss D(23 months) found the theme interesting. They love their animals. Once i explained to them what was there in the bin and what each items symbolize, it got them interested. Miss A sang the Old Mac Donald Had a Farm nursery rhyme. Miss D tried out animal sounds (cow says moo, sheep says baba). πŸ˜€ We spoke about the farm animals, what sounds they make, what they eat and what they do on the farm. Then they played with it just like any other sensory bin. Filling easter eggs with corn, spilling it out, rattling to hear what noise it made, handling kitchen tools (spoons, measuring cups, tongs), pretend play. This activity kept my LOs occupied for a while until it was time for dinner. We used a sheet to catch spills and it made cleaning up easy. πŸ‘

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          Posted in Farm Animals, Fine Motor Activity, Outdoor Play, Sensory Bin, Sensory Play, Water Table Play / Water Play Activities

          Washing Farm Animals -Sensory Play for Toddlers & Preschoolers

          This week the weather has been perfect to spend time outdoors. My LOs simply love water & wanted to play with their water table. One sunny afternoon we filled our water table with soapy water & took all our farm animals for a wash. This simple sensory play activity is easy to set up & clean up and kids will have so much fun playing with it. It develops fine motor skills, hand-eye cordination, concentration & imaginative skillsπŸ˜€

          What you need

          • Water table or Plastic Storage bin
          • Farm Animals
          • Toothbrush or scrub brush
          • Kids body wash or anything which is gentle enough for little hands
          • Water
          • Towel or dish cloth

          How to

          • Fill your water table or storage bin with water. 
          • Add kids body wash and farm animals to it.
          • Give your little ones toothbrush and let them clean their animals in the soapy water.

          You could also add some sand/mud, rub the farm animals on it (imaginative play) and then wash them. I wasn’t really interested in the mud part. Maybe next time I’ll use some chocolate syrup or something for a muddy play before the wash. I did add some toys which we got with the water table for more fun. πŸ‘

          Miss A(3 yrs) & Miss D(23 months) had so much fun washing the farm animals. Miss A would name each animal, pick it up, clean it with the brush and dip it in the soapy water and then throw it in a bin, saying its done. Once shes done washing all the animals, she dumped them into the water table and washed them again πŸ˜†πŸ˜†. Miss D washed few animals, but she was more interested in playing with the soapy water. Busy pouring water into cups and straining the animals. She did learn the names of few animals & sounds they make – cow says Moo😊

          Both of them loved playing with the soapy water – Washing animals, washing hands, scooping and pouring water out, splashing it- so much funπŸ˜€ Once they were convinced all the animals are all clean (took about 45 mins), we washed the animals & our water table (just so that they don’t dump the animals in the soap water again 😜) using the hose and took our animals inside. The girls then wiped the animals dry with a towel and lined them up. One fun evening!! πŸ˜€

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