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With Summer in full swing it's a great time to plan some fun in the sun activities. This Beach inspired sand tray was created with items I picked up at the Dollar Tree and cost less than $5 to make!
This tutorial combines two of my favorite things:
the beach, and creating learning activities on a shoestring budget.
I've scoured the Web to find some Summer Inspired Play Dough Ideas to share with you!
Please be sure to click on the photo to visit the original source for more information and directions!
Play dough is a staple in many early learning environments. Preschoolers love to manipulate play dough in a variety of ways. In addition to being tons of fun, playing with play dough is a super workout for little fingers.
Use these counting mats with your favorite dough recipe, or your favorite math counters such as pom poms or mini erasers. As a bonus, this activity helps build both math, and motor skills.
Busy boards allow young children to explore otherwise "adult" items in a safe manner. Many of these busy boards contain items you find around your home such as locks, keys, and latches. Other types of busy boards include: Magnet Boards, Ball Runs, and Velcro boards. Your board can be made from existing toys such as puzzles, or busy boxes. Although many of the activities are mounted to the wall, they can also be made to use on the floor, or mounted to a table as well..
Below you will find some fabulous examples of DIY Busy boards that have been shared in our on-line community.
Are you looking for a list of items you can add to your sensory table? You've come to the right spot! A sensory table or bin can be used for much more than than just scooping and pouring! It can be transformed into a vessel for children to explore all of their senses, nature and the world around them.
Below you will find a variety of suggested items to add to your sensory bins, and photos featuring our FB Community Members! Be sure to download your free copy of my sensory bin checklists at the bottom of this post!
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Whether it be Stringing, Poking, Pinching, Squishing, Wrapping, Scooping, Stacking, Sticking, Pealing, or Painting..there are so many fun ways to give those little fingers and hands a workout.
Having strong fine motor skills makes it easier for children to perform Self-help skills such as Dressing (tying shoes, buttoning, buckles, and zipping), as well as other functional tasks such as manipulating small pieces, cutting and writing.
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