Trevor loves cold things. So this summer we’re going to be doing a lot more cold-themed sensory activities. Today I made him a Bug Sundae to play with. He kept calling it a Bug Saturday, which was pretty darn cute 🙂 Love the things kids say!
I put Cool Whip, cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, and his plastic bugs into a little plastic bucket and let town have some messy fun. He had a great time squishing, smelling, and even licking this activity, lol. It was a nice way to stimulate a lot of different senses.
One of the best ways to strengthen the small muscles in the hand is to encourage your child to work on vertical surfaces. To help Trevor with his fine motor skills I try hard to find fun ways to get him to use a vertical surface. This weekend it was nice outside so I thought we’d do some window painting.
I squirted some of his washable Crayola sidewalk paint onto a plate and let him go to town on our sliding glass patio door. He had tons of fun! After he was finished painting I gave him a spray bottle filled with water to squirt so he could help wash the paint away and do some more fun fine motor work.
Time for a little no-mess messy play! I’ve seen a colored gel activity on Pinterest before, but I decided to give it a little twist and do it on the light box. If you don’t have a light box you can just tape the bag to some white paper. Or of course this could inspire you to make a light box of your own. It’s so fun! Go here to see how to make one.
What you need for colored gel fun:
- Gallon size Ziploc bag
- Hair gel (another great Dollar Store item)
- Food coloring
- Light box
How to make it:
- Squeeze the bottle of gel into the Ziploc bag.
- Add in the food coloring of your desired choice. Trevor chose yellow.
- Seal the bag and mix the gel and food coloring together.
- Tape the bag to the top of the light box.
- Turn the light box on and have fun exploring the colored gel.
Trevor squished the gel, poked the bubbles, licked the bag, lol :), and had some of his light box toys “eat” the gel. Older kids can draw lines, shapes and letters in the gel.