Good morning! It looks like it is going to be yet another wet day today. Here are three ideas from Sarah and Caitlyn for middlers today.
|Sensory Invitation: Squishy Color Mixing Bags
Read Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxN8-rWdn88)
After reading/listening to the book, set up this activity to explore mixing colors!
You will need three medium sized ziploc bags. Add blue and yellow paint to bag 1, blue and red to bag 2, and yellow and red to bag 3 (like pictured below)
Tape the edges of the bags where they seal so the paint doesn’t spill out! Lay the bags on the table (or a tray for less possible mess) and have your child squish the bags to mix the colors and explore what colors are created.
Intent: This sensory activity explores mixing colors. It has a literary exploration to go along. This experiment helps children develop an understanding for mixing and the primary colors.
Art Invitation: Raised salt paint.
-card stock/thick paper is ideal, but you can use regular paper as well
-watercolor paint/paint brush
Squeeze glue in any design all over the paper. Sprinkle the whole paper with salt until all of the glue is covered. Shake off the excess salt. Dip your paint brush into liquid watercolor paint then gently touch to the salt-covered glue lines. Watch the paint “magically” travel in both directions! Let it dry thoroughly – this may take a couple of days.
Intent: This activity allows for fine motor development by using the hand muscles to squeeze the glue and paint.
Outdoor/Nature/Gross Motor Invitation: Splashing in Puddles!!!
Read Big Sarah’s Little Boots by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjRVoAVLWVk) and then go outside and splash in the puddles with your rain boots!
Intent: We want to encourage the middlers to use all of their big body and fine motor muscles to enhance gross motor development.