As many of you know, my son started Kindergarten a few weeks ago. Of course, the mindful/reggio/playful/child advocating mommy in me is trying to support his teacher in any way that I can as we decide if public school is right for our child and our family. Home schooling will always be an option, but in the meantime I have offered to provide sensory materials as well as play center activities for his classroom – because really, seeing the worksheets is just KILLING ME. One of my responsibilities is providing new sensory materials for the sensory table in his classroom bi-weekly. Many of you have asked that I continue to share them as the weeks pass, so I will update this post (and re-post it) every two weeks.
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I wanted to make the first bin simple – just play. It’s the beginning of the year and Im guessing the children were going to be learning about all of the rules associated with the sensory bin – like keeping the material in the container. So, I wanted to keep it fun. It was a huge hit. The water beads are from Michaels craft store and all of the measuring cups and other accessories are from the Dollar Tree.
This container includes COLORED RICE and GEMS – along with other accessories. I know the students are working on counting, so I used a Sharpie to write numbers in the muffin tin for counting the gems. The play is not limited to just counting, though. :) EVERYTHING seen here is from the Dollar Tree.
more to come….