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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Gak

Gak…oh what fun!  I’m actually serious, it looks icky, but it’s a lot of fun and GREAT for those kiddos with sensory needs!  This is very easy to make.  We mad each child their own and they took it home in a plastic baggy.  Here is what you will need:

Mix 1 tsp. Borax in 1 cup warm water in one container.  In a separate container, mix 4 oz. glue with 1/2 cup water.  You can add a couple drops of food coloring if you wish.  If you don’t have food coloring, you can use a drop or two of tempera paint. Combine the water and Borax mixture into the water and glue mixture.  The texture will change instantly.  Let kids put their hands in now and mix it together.

Mix till it’s the consistency you want and take out of the container.  You can dump any liquid that is left.  Kids will enjoy watching the gak flatten out on the table, hiding and finding little objects in the… Continue reading

Valentine Yarn Hearts

Here is a fun art activity for Valentine’s day.  We used four colors, but you can use more or less.

Here is what you will need:

  • paint
  • heart cut outs (2 per child)
  • strings of yarn

 

 

First, dip yarn strings in paint.  Use a paintbrush or something else to make sure the string gets full of paint.  Leave ends paint free.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, have kid place a string for each color they desire on the heart cut out.  They can zig-zag the string, pile it up all in one spot, however they choose.  Just make sure that an end of each string is sticking out as it will need to be pulled at the end.

 

The final step is the cool part.  Take a second heart and place on top of the first, with the strings in between.  Gently place your hand on top so not to squish too hard but so the paper won’t move.  Have the child pull out each string at one time.  This will be your final result:

We sent one heart home and used the other to decorate… Continue reading

Number Wheels

Here is a fun little activity we did last week and it’s VERY easy to make!  We made enough for three children to do this center at one time.

What you will need:

We started with a large circle shape and added 12 smaller circles around the outer edge.  Make the numbers look like a clock.  Print, laminate and you are done with that part.  Here is an up close view:

Next, you make the cards to go in the center of the wheel.  The cards you make will depend on what skill you are looking to target.  We made cards with circles (1-12) for counting and matching to the numbers as well as cards with the number words to match to the numbers for our older kiddos.  Use Velcro to attach cards to the circle. When matching, the children take a clothespin and clip it on the correct number, which also works on fine motor skills.

Although we didn’t do this, you could also make numbers for the cards so kiddos can match the same looking numbers.… Continue reading

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