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Sensory Play for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Easy Projects to Develop Fine Motor Skills, Hand-Eye Coordination, and Early Measurement Concepts

Sensory Play for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Easy Projects to Develop Fine Motor Skills, Hand-Eye Coordination, and Early Measurement Concepts

by Casey Patch


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Explore taste-safe small worlds, create colorful pieces of art, and engage all five senses while investigating the great outdoors. Sensory play is a wonderful way to explore the world with your little learners!

Sensory Play for Toddlers and Preschoolers is a practical, hands-on guide for parents and educators who want to inject more play into their children's day! Since this collection features simple sensory play ideas with items you already have in your home, playtime has never been easier. 

Inside the book, you’ll find forty easy sensory play tubs and activities with extra bonus ideas for extending the activities even further! Not only will your child be learning and exploring through play, but you’ll also be creating some magical memories of playtime that will last a lifetime!
  • Learn how to get started with sensory play using tips, tricks, and sensory play staples.
  • Follow quick and easy, tried and tested sensory base recipes designed to ignite the senses and inspire hours of sometimes messy, always memorable playtime.
  • Create thoughtful sensory invitations and artworks while developing fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, early measurement concepts and so much more!
Sensory play allows our little learners to make connections as they explore the world around them using their senses of sight, smell, taste, sound, and touch. It’s the beginning of a lifelong journey of scientific understanding and a wonderful way to connect and bond with your little learners!

Projects include:
  • Rainbow Rice
  • Cloud Dough
  • Sand Foam
  • Edible Mud
  • Water Tub
  • Rainbow Spaghetti
  • Frozen Building Blocks
  • Outdoor Kitchen
  • Jell-O Bug Rescue
  • Bubble Wrap Paintings
  • and more!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510756014
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 05/05/2020
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 194,659
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Casey Patch is an advocate for play-based learning in the early years. She has a bachelor's degree in Primary Education and was a kindergarten teacher before leaving the classroom to be at home with her own little learners full-time. Creating a beautiful bond and magical memories of childhood playtime is a passion of hers and one that she hopes to spread through her business, Little Lifelong Learners. She resides in Queensland, Australia.

Table of Contents

Introduction viii

Chapter 1 Getting Started-What is Sensory Play? 1

Benefits of Sensory Play 2

Tips and Tricks 4

Sensory Play Staples 6

Chapter 2 Sensory Bases 9

Rainbow Rice 11

Rainbow Chickpeas 14

Rainbow Spaghetti 17

Cloud Dough 18

Dirt Dough 21

Edible Mud 22

Sand Foam 25

Chickpea Foam 27

Oobleck 28

Edible Water Beads 30

Bubbly Soap Foam 33

Water Tub 35

No-Cook Play Dough 39

Chapter 3 Sensory Invitations 43

Color Bath 44

Bird Seed Pouring Tub 47

Lemon Tray 48

Flower Soup 51

Play Dough Small Worlds 52

Lavender Sensory Tub 55

Frozen Water Beads 57

Frozen Building Blocks 61

Edible Ocean Small World 62

Sticky Wall 64

Wash the Pigs 67

Frozen Oobleck Blocks 71

Outdoor Kitchen 74

Jell-O Bug Rescue 77

Polenta Construction Tub 79

Frozen Nature Blocks 83

Fizzy Fish 85

Colorful Explosions 89

Chapter 4 Paint and Create 93

Bubble Wrap Paintings 95

Sensory Artwork 97

Ice Painting 99

Bath Paints 101

Nature's Paintbrushes 103

Spice Paints 105

Seed Rolling 106

Clay Sculptures 108

Mirror Painting 110

Final Notes 113

About the Author 114

Index 116

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