Friday, March 4, 2011

Space Sensorial Activities

Space Sensory Tub -

Children learn through their senses. Sensory tables improve children's sense of touch which helps them perceive their environment accurately. Exposure to a variety of textures improves children's development of fine motor skills. This is important for manipulating toys, completing necessary self-help tasks such as dressing, using utensils (i.e. spoons, crayons etc.), and of course builds a foundation for future classroom expectations of handwriting. Sensory tables also facilitate development in other areas such as understanding concepts like, "big/little", "in/out", "on/off"

contents : fish pebbles, black pom poms, small planet toob, space toob, and marbles

Space Play-dough -

As entertaining as it is pliable, this jack-of-all-trades medium provides hours of fun while improving hand strength, dexterity, and motor skills. Recent research also shows that using your fingers and hands actually stimulates your brain and increases the number of neural connections it makes. So when your child digs into play dough, he's not only building little figures and shapes, he's building his brain! For some mind-molding fun, start by making your own homemade play dough. Then try the activities below.

Knobbed Cylinders - differences in similar shapes. Using more than one set child spatially discern similarities and differences. Helps eye to hand coordination and small motor skills

Smelling bottles -make the child aware of scent in the environment. There are three or four pairs of contrasting scents in a set, but more than one set could be made. It is not really possible to match more than three or four pairs by smell,because smell is volatile. If there are too many pairs,everything begins to smell the same. Smells deteriorate and must be replaced from time to time, and the container must be washed before refilling.

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