Preschool children love to explore the world around them. Every act is an opportunity to discover something new and exciting.
Check out these fun sensory activities for preschoolers. Pass them on to your kids to encourage their never-ending desire to learn through play.
These are just two examples of the activities that take place inside the Phoenix preschool classrooms of All Saints’ Episcopal Day School in Arizona.
1. Glowing Oil & Ice Experiment
Spark your child’s curiosity for science in this fun experiment that uses oil and glow in the dark ice.
• Oil (baby oil or vegetable oil works best)
• An ice cube tray
• Glow in the dark paint
To make the glow in the dark ice, simply put a small amount of paint into the bottom of each ice cube spot in the tray. Fill with hot water, mix around until the paint and water is blended and freeze.
When it’s time to play, get a big pan or tray of some sort, and fill with oil. Please note: this requires adult supervision. Do not allow the children to eat the oil. Finally, place the ice in the oil and watch as it begins to melt and the water beads up in the pan.
This is a cheap and easy way to spend time indoors with your kids. Plus, it incorporates, art, science and sensory exploration!
2. Magic Treasure Rocks
Your preschooler will love this activity! This one is also very easy and cheap to put together and the look on your children’s’ faces as they uncover the treasure inside the rocks will be priceless.
• Baking Soda
• Food Coloring or Watercolors
• Treasures (Plastic jewels, fake gold coins, other pirate booty)
First, put some baking soda in a bowl and add food coloring of your choice. Slowly add water until it has a dough-like consistency. Mold the dough into balls and stick your treasures inside. Then lay the rocks out onto a baking sheet and let them dry completely. This usually takes around 24 hours.
Once your magic rocks are dry, it’s time to play! You could bury them outside and let your kid find them on a treasure hunt. Or if you’re short on time you could just give them directly to your kid.
To melt the rocks and uncover the treasures you will need some vinegar. Put some of it in a spray bottle and some of it in a bowl. Then let your kid go at it and see how they choose to uncover those treasures! They can also break the rocks apart with plastic hammer and other kids tools. Final tip, you can also do this activity in the bathtub as baking soda is great for the skin.
Once your child has uncovered all the treasures, wash them off so she can pretend to be a pirate all day long!
Each day, the students that attend All Saints’ Phoenix pre-k get opportunities to engage in sensory learning activities like these.