Practice problem solving and fine motor skills while teaching little kids how to reduce, reuse, and recycle with this quick & easy Earth’s Water Sensory Tray Play Activity. You’re definitely going to want to check it out!
The days are getting shorter and it’s starting to get cooler. We wake up in the mornings and can already feel the slightest hint of fall. Next month our new homeschool year starts, but today we’re learning more about saving the planet with this awesome Earth’s Water Sensory Tray Play Activity.
The little guy and baby girl have been really enjoying the mud kitchen this summer and this activity fits perfectly with everything we’ve been learning in our “outdoor classroom.”
To reduce means limiting your consumption or buying less. Examples include using less electricity or water and producing less trash to help conserve.
We’ve spent lots of time talking about what we can do to conserve water and electricity. Some of our ideas included turning off the water while we’re washing our hands or brushing our teeth and shutting off lights each time we leave a room.
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Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids.
The fun sensory activity we did today was inspired by this week’s topics, a few of which are Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
The little guy has always had an interest in recycling and even at six years old he knows so much about scrap metal recycling. We also recycle cardboard and plastic as well.
And while today’s activity was mostly for baby girl’s benefit, that didn’t stop him from joining in. It’s takes something amazing to capture the interest and wonder of little kids regardless of their age.
Sensory activities are great for kiddos not only for sensory exploration but also to encourage creative thinking and problem-solving skills. Today’s Earth’s Water Sensory Tray Play Activity was no exception.
What you’ll need
- Cupcake Tray
- Measuring Cups
- Turkey Baster
- Bowl of Water
Here’s how to do it
- Put a bowl of water and measuring cups next to a cupcake tray.
- Encourage the child to explore scooping and pouring water into the cupcake tray.
- To remove water from the tray, use the turkey baster.
This was such a quick & easy idea and just one of the many reasons why I make a point of purchasing the Little Goose Toddler Teacher Guidebook each month.
It’s a play-based supplement that adapts the activities in the preschool curriculum to be developmentally appropriate for baby girl and of course she loves having her very own preschool activities just like her big brother.
I put together this water sensory tray for my toddler, but it didn’t take long for the little guy to join in too.
Both little kids had a blast splashing around in the water, scooping and pouring. We didn’t have a turkey baster, so we used a few large eyedroppers instead. What a great way to practice early math and fine motor skills with your preschoolers and kindergartners.
Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our Superheroes theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time). And if you missed it, check out this year’s preschool homeschool space post.
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As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, I receive the Experience Early Learning Preschool curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. #preschool #homeschool #mgtblogger
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