Good morning! Here are three invitations for preschoolers for the last Tuesday in July.
Sensory Invitation: Cornstarch and colored water
This invitation works well in a large dish tub or storage bin. You will need a container of cornstarch, water, two or three clean empty bottles (ketchup bottles or similar are perfect), and food coloring. Pour around ½ cup water into each bottle and add a few drops of food coloring. Make each bottle a different color. Put the tops back on and invite your child to squeeze the water into the bin of cornstarch and see what happens. Depending on the amount of cornstarch you have, you may need to refill the water bottles. Invite your child to stir the mixture and explore non-Newtonian fluids, transformation, and color theory.
Dramatic Play Invitation: Use any size cardboard box to build a house for your child or their lovies. They can use markers or crayons to decorate the house however they want.
Intent: This activity gives the middlers an opportunity to explore different creative options while making something they can have for personal use.
Art/Sensory Invitation: Playdough and stones
This invitation can be offered with any kind of play dough, moon dough, cloud dough, or clay dug from your backyard (remove any live critters first), and clean rocks or stones. Set up the sculpting medium on a tray with a bowl of stones and ask your child what they can do with them. They might like to make a nest as though the stones were eggs, or simply poke the stones into the dough. You might also offer a rolling pin for flattening the dough.
Sculpting with different media builds fine motor skills and coordination while providing a space for three-dimensional creative expression.