Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Winter Sensory Play

It was a big snow day here in WV. We got about 4 inches last night which is a lot for our area. Normally we just get an inch or so. It really is so beautiful here! Especially if you live in the country and have all of the snowy trees around your house. 

I thought it would be the best day to pull out our favorite sensory activity. WINTER SNOW!

All you need is:

Shaving Cream
Cookie Sheet

My boys love tractors, construction trucks, anything to do with working vehicles. So I give them a few small toys and some beans that can serve as their rocks. The spoon is their "snow shovel".

There are A LOT of ways to use shaving cream to your teaching advantage as well. Here are some other things we do with it on the cookie sheet. 

-Draw shapes 
-Practice writing your letters
-Math problems
-Sight words
-Spelling words 
-Draw simple pictures 
-Draw a road with your finger for the trucks to drive on. 

I hope you'll find this sensory play useful for your classroom or your own children. Don't let it intimidate you!!

Set the rules and stick to them. Explain your rules before any materials are given. "If you can't follow the rules, you will be asked to wash your hands and you will be done playing."

That always works. I've never had ANY problems or major messing with this activity. Even in the classroom when I would use this as a practice tool for spelling words. Setting the rules right from the beginning is the best way to ensure there will be no kids making it bad for the whole class. 


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