We have come to the end of our third week using the Primary Colours (+1) activity plan from Clever Clovers. (We decided to do a third week to give them more practice). I can definitely say they have not mastered the four colours presented to them but it’s been a good start (colour is probably the most abstract thing I’ve tried to teach them, and was bound to take time). Anyway, it’s time for our final project today which is making coloured sensory toys! So much fun…..and a bit messy!
Every other Friday I blog about our final project (starring my twin babies)
This week’s Theme: Primary Colours (+1)
Activity Description: Create colourful sensory toys! Allow your baby to participate as much as possible in the creation of these toys.
This Activity’s Main Area of Development: Creative, Cognitive, Fine Motor, Language, Social, Emotional
O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 16 months + 3 weeks
Sensory Toy #1: Oil and coloured water (we did yellow)
Use any colourless oil (baby oil works well). Pour about 1-2 cm of oil into the bottle and add coloured water. (don’t fill it completely). Hot glue the lid on. Have fun shaking it and watching it separate.
Sensory Toy #2: Water, glitter and beads (we did blue)
Place clear water, glitter (visual effects) and beads (audio effects) into a bottle (glitter & beads should be the same colour). Quantities are up to you but allow for movement in the bottle. Seal lid with hot glue.
Sensory Toy #3: Soap and coloured water (we did green)
Place coloured water into the bottle and add a big squirt of dish soap (the colour of the soap could affect the overall colour so using a soap the same colour as the coloured water would be best). Seal the lid with hot glue. Have fun shaking and making bubles!
Sensory Toy #3: Coloured rice (we did red)
Place 1 teaspoon of water and some food colouring into a zip-lock bag. Pour in desired amount of rice (you don’t want the bottle too full of rice because you want it to make a sound when shaken). Mix the rice so it is all covered in colour. Pour it out onto wax paper in a thin layer and allow it to dry. Place in the bottle and hot glue the lid shut.
PLAYING WITH OUR NEW, COLOURFUL, SENSORY TOYS
Mommy-led play: (you’ll see them repeating the language a bit and following instructions)
Baby-led play: (you’ll see them playing on their own with the toys)