We love playing with soap and making bubbles. This sensory process art activity is a quick and easy invitation that will be easy to clean up. This activity is called “process” art because the process is the art rather than there being a final product. While making this art, we can hear and see the colorful bubbles forming. The kiddos are also learning how to control their breathing. We breathe in through our nose, and blow out through our mouth and into the straw. The hard you blow through the straw, the more bubbles will form. Part of the fun is making the bubbles and then the best part comes last…POPPING THE BUBBLES!
What you need:
Paint or food coloring
Combine paint/food coloring, dish soap, and water together in small containers. Place the containers on a tray and demonstrate how blowing air through the straw will make bubbles. Let them try and remind them that we are only blowing out and not sipping through the straw.
Cloud Dough Sensory Activity
We love to use all sorts of messy sensory materials in the Rabbit Burrow, and cloud dough is always a big hit with the kids. If you have flour/cornstarch + baby oil/vegetable oil at home, you can make this super fun sensory dough with your child! Use the following ratio:
2 cups flour or cornstarch
¼ cup vegetable oil or baby oil
5-10 drops food coloring (optional)
You can split it into batches and mix different colors of paint or food coloring into each batch as well! While you’ll need to pre-measure the amounts, this is a great activity to let your child take the lead on pouring and mixing the ingredients together. You can either pour the ingredients into bowls and use hands to mix, or you can put the ingredients into a large ziploc bag and squish it until everything is mixed together.
Once the dough is thoroughly mixed, pour it into a large bin or tray and you can provide different scooping and digging utensils, as well as any molds or cookie cutters you might have around. This dough feels like sand but also sticks together when pressure is applied. Your child may also enjoy adding cars or toy animals to the bin, or it could make a great substitute for dirt to use with construction vehicles! Feel free to add any loose materials from around the house or the yard into the bin and see how your kid decides to utilize them! If your child is using the cloud dough indoors, make sure you put it somewhere that can be easily swept up or place a drop cloth underneath the bin for easy cleanup.
Make Your Own Easel
Things you need: cardboard box, scissors, and tape.
Would you like your kiddo to have their own workspace? Well now they can and you don’t have to go out and buy a big easel and then wonder where to keep it! It’s easy! Just take a cardboard box and cut the long side out. Then bend in half and secure with some tape. Now your kiddo can paint or draw in their own space. You can tape some paper to it and let them paint or draw. Then leave it there to dry. After it’s dry remove and hang up their art so they can make more!
Letter Recognition Chalk Game
All you need is chalk!
- Make the board. Use your chalk to create a 3×3 grid that will give you 9 spaces.
- Write letters of the alphabet on the grid, placing one letter inside each space. Start with the letters that your child knows like the letters in their name, but don’t put them in order. You’ll want to scatter them throughout the board. Be sure to leave blank spaces scattered as well.
- Now it’s game time! Tell your child to stand on the letter ‘S’ for example and try to jump to the letter ‘O’. If it’s too far away, you can jump on an empty space first and then to the letter ‘O’.
- Keep going until they spell their whole name. Once they get the hang of it, add more letters and spaces.
Other games to try:
- Spell short words
- Spell a friend’s name
- When creating the board, encourage your child to write the letters with you.
Letter Recognition with Legos or Blocks
- A marker
- Legos or blocks
Write letters on separate pieces of paper. Make sure that they are big enough for the legos to fit on.
Ask your child to make the letters using their Legos.
*You can work on one letter at a time or you can line them up to spell your child’s name. They can stack the Legos up higher to make a tall letter too! However they want to do it is fine!
C is For Caterpillar
Start with a good book like The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Then you can try to explain the life cycle of a Caterpillar to butterfly there are lots of cute videos online.
Fine motor activity- on a piece of paper draw a big letter C then give your child some stickers or pom poms or cotton balls (or anything you have in your pantry) and let them put them/ stick them to the letter. (Example I used some pecans I had) Then you can talk about some of the other things that start with C like colors and of course our good friend Cabot!
Art- cut a egg carton in long strips and flip it over and let your kiddo paint or color it with markers. For the antenna you can use pipe cleaner (or if you don’t have any look around see what you have get creative you could use tooth picks or tips) then draw some eyes on it.
You can explain to your child that a constellation is a group of stars that form a pattern in the sky. The pattern they form may be the shape of an animal, a man, a woman, or a crown. Show them a few pictures of constellations and maybe even look at home in the sky before bedtime.
- Black construction paper
- Star stickers if you have them, if not you can just draw them
- Pictures of constellations
- White chalk, crayon, colored pencil
- Show your child a few pictures of constellations and let them pick their favorites.
- Replicate the constellation with star stickers or by drawing small stars on the construction paper
- Have your child follow the shape of the stars with white chalk, crayon, or colored pencil.
Make a telescope
What you will need:
- A paper towel/aluminum foil cardboard roll
- Rubber bands or tape
What to do:
First let the children add stickers and/or decorate the paper with markers. Second
roll a piece of paper around the cardboard roll. Third add some rubber bands to hold the paper in place. If you don’t have rubber bands you can use tape. They can also pull the tube out some and make it longer.
Cardboard Tube Exploration
Start with a piece of cardboard, the rolls and some tape. Masking, painter’s, scotch, or duct tape whatever you have on hand. Then ask the kiddos what do you think will fit through the rolls? Ask them to go find a few things they think will fit. Then ask them how the want to make the tunnels? They can help they enjoy using tape but sometimes get it stuck to itself. Help them tape the rolls and then ask will something be able to roll through if they are not in a line? See what they think. Then you can make one in a line and the other zig zag or however they like. Then ask what do you think will go faster a rock or a truck? Let them try it and see what happens. Were they right? Which item went faster or didn’t fit? Get those little minds thinking.