Colored Pasta, Sensory Table #5 and More!

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Colored Pasta!  This is similar to the colored rice.  (Rice does take on the colors better, since it’s white, but the pasta is a lot of fun with the different shapes).  Be sure to pick out different shapes and sizes for your pasta.  Then decide if you want to keep the shape groups the same colors, or mix the shapes up and color them all differently.  In this example, we mixed all the shapes together first, and then colored them into 5 different colors.  (I like both ways, but this way does add a demention for a sorting project.  You can now sort by color, by shape, and by both color and shape together!)

Use this pasta for multiple purposes:

Stringing pasta necklaces, sorting for math, gluing to a picture for a colage or other art project, and of course, placing into a sensory table!

To color, place desired amount of pasta into a large sealable bag.  Mix about 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol with food coloring of choice.  Place the mixture into the bag with the pasta, and let all the kids help shake and mix the bag.  Let the pasta sit for a couple hours to absorb the color.  Then empty the bags onto some trays lined with paper towels.  Let the pasta dry overnight.

Clear as mud

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I love helping the children make connections in their minds about the things around them.  This book helps the child make connections with baths and soap to dirt and mud.  Ask the question:  “Why do you think the mud puddle didn’t like the soap?”  Have the children imagine in their mind what would be left after the mud puddle had all his dirt washed away? This is a fun story to read right after a rainy day, when there is a little mud outside.  As they play outside, their minds connect back to the story.

You could go one step further and try some science experiments with this story.  Off the top of my head, I’m thinking of the other day when I tried to help my preschool kids wash paints off their hands.  Water helped, but soap really took it off!  Perhaps a little oil mixed with glitter on their hands would also show this.  water won’t get rid of all the oil and glitter.  You need soap to do that.  Good intro into the importance of washing hands!

Sensory Table Idea #4

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Yet another way kids can “play with their food”!  It really is amazing just how much fun kids can have with a sensory table/bucket/container in a classroom.  They can see it, touch it, hear it, even smell it (and I would suggest we keep them from tasting it!).  Large hard beans are especially great for the sense of touch.  They are solid, smooth, large, and heavy enough to really feel each one, just calling out to be touched.  (Take a look at that picture…don’t you want to stick your hands in?)

I also like how this helps with fine motor skills.  Because the beans are easy to pick up individually, a child can practice grasping each one with his fingers.  Push this idea further by placing small envelopes or cans in the tub that encourage sorting the beans into groups.  (Place a picture on the different containers of a certain color or size of bean)

Sensory Table Idea #3

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Usually, I would save waterplay for outside.  But having a small station or sensory table with a couple inches of water on the bottom can be a really fun addition to your classroom for a couple days!  Be resourceful, and use old containers for pouring and gathering water.  If you don’t have a sensory table, use a large tub or bucket.  A shovel or other sand toys can be a lot of fun with water as well!

Sensory Table #2

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The best part about this sensory table idea is actually involving the children in coloring the rice! Place rice in a sealable bag and add a mixture of rubbing alcohol and food coloring.  Shake to mix, then lay out to dry! We’ve also done this with pasta, which I will include in another table idea.

This rice has been very popular!

Remember, any container the kids can dig in works to hold the rice and tools!

Sensory Table #1

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The children will love this “under the sea” collection for the Sensory Table! It’s a great way to “save” ask those shells your kids pick up. Add a bucket, shovel, and some colorful fish-tank rocks, and the children’s imagination will sail away!

If you don’t have a Sensory Table, then use a container or wide box.

Geo Board Fun!

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This is where Math and Creative-Thinking really come into play!  The children started with one rubber band streched into a line shape.  But when they were given the freedom to move that line around to make other shapes, their enjoyment streched and grew right a long with it!  I was surprised to see how much they got into it.  We did this activity as a group, but also left out a few on a table as part of a “center” during play time.

A Geoboard like this can be found in online stores, like amazon, or at educational specialty stores.  Really, any kind of peg board would work!


Introduce “Rhyming”

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We had to read this book at least 10 times in our class!  They absolutely loved it!  It contains simple words to introduce rhyming, and it keeps kids entertained.  They especially love it when one of the dust bunnies doesn’t quite get the rhyming right…but wait until you realize why!

Starting with a book!

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The teacher I currently work with did an excellent lesson that included literacy skills, cognitive skills, and creative skills all in one.  First, read “The Mitten “by Jan Brett.  The next day read it again, but this time look for clues in the side bar pictures as to what will happen next. The following day read a different version of the story.   (We did one by Alvin Tresselt).  Compare and contrast the two stories using a Ven Diagram.  Finally, let the kids draw any 5 animals they want in their own mitten! So cute, the kids loved it, and it looks nice displayed on our wall!


Question of the Day

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The teacher I currently work with does a “question of the day” that I just love!  It brings up many areas of learning in literacy and math and critical thinking.

The question should contain letters you are currently working on, and it should be a “yes/no” question.

This example is for the letter “P”.

Circle how many P’s you can find.  Count them.  Answer the question is name sticks (name recognition) and talk about the results.  Which has more or less?  Yes or no?  Is there a tie?

Love it!