young toddlers

Discussion in 'Preschool' started by msconni, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. msconni

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    Running out of ideas to put in the sensory table for this age group as they put EVERYTHING in their mouths!

    Last week I used ping pong balls only to discover they are small enough for some of the children to get in their mouths. :(

    Any suggestions?
     
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  3. Froreal3

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    I stick with water, sand and variations of those for the most part since they are old standbys and always readily available. We do water w/food coloring....pouring practice with small cups, small boats in water, water wheels.

    Sand...hide things in the sand for them to dig out, small shovels, cups to pour sand, small cars to drive in sand, pour water into sand with cups...

    I have also done other things like InstaSnow, jello, made playdough with flour, crushed ice (like snowcones) and cups of warm water to pour over it, oatmeal, cornstarch w/water...

    You just have to ask yourself what skill are you trying to help the children develop with your sensory activity? That will help guide you toward materials.

    They will try to explore it with their mouths. That is just normal. The most you can do is redirect.
     
  4. msconni

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    What great ideas, thank you!

    With this age group, the mere purpose for the sensory table has more to do with getting them to work together side-by-side in a group than anything else.
     
  5. WaProvider

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    Think of what else to do with the medium.
    Water,
    add soap
    add a different color
    Add soap and mixers ...old style
    add soap and water and mixers and wash dishes
    add soap and water and mixers and babies
    add soap and water and mixers and animals


    see.......then the difference isn't the medium but the conversation. Language development?
     
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    Great ideas! I could try tear free baby shampoo! Of course, after I get them to realize the water is not for drinking.
     
  7. WaProvider

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    OH! I pop holes in the bottom of all my "cups" that really helps. Off watering cans and ladles and things that look less "cupish" for them. That really helps.
     
  8. Tasha

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    Shredded paper
    Whole sheets of paper (for tearing/ripping)
    Fabric scraps (great if you can get fabric swatches from an upholstery store or furniture show room)
    Large plastic easter eggs (the smaller ones fit in their mouths)
     
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    Rule of thumb: anything that can fit in a toilet paper roll can fit in a toddler's mouth.
     
  10. scmom

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    Bubble wrap with baby shampoo and a little water is fun.

    Leaves

    Sticks (short so they don't hit) and pine cones

    Clean large shells hiding in sand

    Blocks of different types

    Plastic jars and lids

    Water bottles and pipe cleaners cut in half so they have to stick them down into the water bottle (also good for older kids with other stuff)

    Guttering or tubes with ping pong balls

    Small boxes or tupperware or ? with lids and toys to put in, take out, put in, take out......
     

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