Every month when we get our new little yellow school bus box, I spend some time looking through the Teacher Guides. More often than not, I brainstorm fun things to add as we work through each topic. Most of the time, those ideas take the form of sensory activities.
I thought it’d be helpful to other preschool homeschool mamas to share a few of the ideas that we’ve come up with. Keep in mind that we adjust the activities each month to work with what we’re learning about.
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Of course we’re using Mother Goose Time again this year. The little guy and I are both head over heels in love with it. Each month means a new theme and everything you need is shipped right to your door. As a homeschool mama, I definitely couldn’t ask for more.
Sometimes I’m all about doing our own thing, though. You know, making it work for us. Here are a few awesome ideas for thinking outside the curriculum box.
Bring Nature Indoors
Not long after our Weather All Around Us theme, we brought some snow inside and had lots of fun pouring and measuring with it. All you need is a container of some sort and a few beakers or measuring cups.
Play with Sand/Water
For our Dinosaur Dig theme, we put together a fun Dinosaur Pretend Play Sensory Activity with sand and stones and of course dinosaurs. The little guy loved this and still does. It’s lasted longer than just about any other sensory activity we’ve done.
Just Add Water Beads
When we learned about My Amazing Body, we created a Human Organs Sensory Activity with water beads. Little kids love water beads. And they’re such a great texture too.
Sensory Play Activities
One of the things that we’ve been doing is creating a themed sensory bin each month. When we were working through our Winter Wonderland theme, we used clear stones, arctic animals, and sticks.
Small World Pretend
In November, we went on a Rainforest Adventure and used our activity tub to put together a small rainforest of our own. We used black beans and fake moss as well rainforest animals to create this Rainforest Floor Sensory Activity.
Mother Goose Time is such a blessing to us, but I definitely love being able to do our own thing sometimes too. After all, you’re really only limited by your imagination.
Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with our It’s a Small World theme. And if you missed our preschool space post, you can check it out here.
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