Crafts and Recipes
Children need opportunities to enrich their senses in order to develop their growing brains for future learning!
As a parent you have the opportunity to do this from the time your child is born. Human touch is something an infant needs from the very start. Just holding your child helps them grow and develop. To develop their sense of sight have plenty of objects for your infant to look at and then follow with their eye movements as they are able to focus.
Valentine Craft and more...
Here is a great craft idea that you can use on its own or use the idea to make a special card. It uses your child’s fine motor skills and you can adapt it to other holidays or just everyday art.
Draw a heart shape outline on a piece of paper. You can use any type of paper or color you want. Have your child fill the inside (or as much as they have an interest for) with pieces of construction paper. Your child can cut pieces with child safe scissors (with supervision) or younger children can use their fingers to tear and paste the pieces.
This makes a cute collage the child can do themselves. Try different shapes for different holidays i.e. an Easter egg, shamrock, Christmas tree, or everyday things. Try outlines of a balloon, house, tree or anything your child wishes. You can find lots of shape outlines on the internet if you do not want to draw them yourself.
These would look good as is, framed, or used as the front of a greeting card for your child to give away.
Check out this link for great sensory ideas for infants, toddlers and preschoolers!
Here are some great recipes for children to help develop their sense of touch:
As with all sensory experiences allow your child to touch when they are comfortable. Help your child to use describing words (i.e. cold, slimy, melting, wet, dry, rough etc.).
Shaving Cream and Glue
- Shaving cream
- White glue
- food coloring (optional)
Mix equal parts of shaving cream and glue in a bowl. Add food coloring if you want. Mixture should be a thick consistency. Spoon onto paper and have your child use a brush, spoon, popsicle stick etc. to move the mixture around. Since this is a glue mixture, you can stick collage items to the paper. Dry flat. It will be raised and spongy to the touch when dry. This is a great 3-D art project.
Note: Supervision required, as shaving cream should not be ingested
- 1-cup salt
- 4- cups flour
- 2 -TB and 2tsp. cream of tartar
- 4 -TB oil
- 4 -cups water
- food colouring (mix with the water)
Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan. Cook over medium low heat, stirring constantly to prevent burning. Mix until playdough pulls away from the sides of the pan and begins to form a ball. Remove from heat and cool slightly before removing from the pan. Knead the dough, adding a touch or flour if it is too sticky.
When cool use for about 2-3 weeks in sealed container or store in the refrigerator where it will last longer until ready to use.
- 1/2 -cup cornstarch
- 1/4 -cup water
- food colouring (add to the water)
Mix the cornstarch and water together in a bowl. Use in a bowl or tray for your child to handle.
- 1- cup Salt
- 1- cup warm water
- 2- cups flour
Mix the salt and water and let stand a few minutes.
Mix in the flour and knead. Allow your child to play with the dough (it will have a rough texture) The pieces can be air dried or baked at a low temp. 250 degrees on parchment paper. But the main idea here is a sensory experience.
Giant Bubble Recipe
6 cups of water
1 cup dish soap (Joy or Dawn, Original not Ultra if possible)
1TB of Glycerin or ¼ cup corn syrup
Measure the water in a container that has a lid. Slowly pour the dish soap into the water, stirring as you add. Go slow and try not to let bubbles form.
Then mix in the glycerin or corn syrup. If you used Ultra Dish Soap then double the amount of glycerin or corn syrup. Mix thoroughly and put the lid on the mixture.
These bubbles get better with age so make ahead of time. I made mine a week ahead but a day or two should be just fine.
There are all types of bubble wands you can make on the internet. I used the plastic from a six-pack of soda pop and balloon wands from the Dollar Store which I attached ahead of time with a hot glue gun (an adult job).