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Simple quick sensory play ideas

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As you can probably tell we do a lot of sensory activities, and some of them involve a lot of set up, clean up or time in general.  I wanted to share some of the things we have done that are just quick and easy, but also a lot of fun!

#1. Add bubbles to the swimming pool
bubbles in pool

You could also add sea life, shells, bubbles to blow, a bubble machine next to the pool, fake flowers, cups bowls and a stariner

#2. Glow Balloons
glow balloons

This picture is kind of freaky, she looks like a ghost, but it showed the balloons best, just stick a glow stick in the balloon and blow it up, we used glow sticks from the dollar tree they came 10 in a pack and worked great I do recommend larger balloons and of course this works better in the dark, the original idea from this stemmed from a Play at home Mom post about glow hide and seek

#3. Add toys that you wouldn’t normally play with in the bathtub to their bath
bath time

These are foam magnet blocks purchased from discount school supply, but the options are basically limitless
Some Ideas: mega blocks, ponies, plastic animals, shells, plastic trucks and cars, a strainer, measuring cups, ball pit balls, fake flowers, dolls(not cloth), dinosaurs, foam shapes
This just switches up bath time and is a great way to give new life to old toys that aren’t played with often anymore

#4 more of a craft, but using chalk on black construction paper
chalkboard construction paper

A couple other ideas that I do not have pictures of:
1. Oats in a bin with any plastic toys
2. dirt in a bin with plastic trucks
3. water and ice cubes in a bin with penguins or polar bears
4. a water bin with droppers, measuring cups, and spoons
5. spices and condiments in muffin tins with a bowl for mixing
6. Yogurt or pudding paintin
7. throw pillows and blankets on the floor and see what they come up with

Do you plan on trying any of these? Have any ideas for another simple sensory activity? Please feel free to share and even link if you have a post on it 🙂

Making Rock Friends

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If your munchkins are anything like my munchkins then you have a stash of rocks somewhere in or around your house.  We have both lol.  I had been trying to figure out a way to use some of them when I came along this post Rock Monsters on pinterest. Bingo this was perfect. I got out the paint, paint supplies, googly eyes, sharpie, and the hot glue gun, told the munchkins to grab some of their rocks and we got started:

First we set up our work space and then they painted their rocks, some solid, some polka dotted, some multicolored(paint was acrylic)
rock monsters

Next we hot glued the googly eyes on, I may or may not have hot glued one to my hand 😉
rock monsters1

Then it was time to add the teeth, we used a white paint pen and a sharpie  for this part but you could also use regular paint.
rock monsters2

And finally we gave all of our rock friends names:
rock monsters3

The munchkins had such a good time making these, and then playing with them after. They created an outlet for a lot of imaginary play and that always makes me a super happy momma

What would you name your rock friend?