In my quest to keep learning fun for the girls we are going to follow a theme throughout the year of seasonal projects, catering to both ages means we will have different levels of what we cover in each subject but for Amelia its all about play right now.
As it is finally showing signs of Spring on the horizon I thought we should go all out and create a Spring sensory table where she can dot about from project to project and not get bored too easily. Five stations are what I am going to go with for all of the seasonal tables as I need reigning in as much as Amelia! She could play forever and I could certainly keep creating ideas for her – in fact I have gone to bed the past 3 nights with a headache as my mind is buzzing with so many ideas!
The first station (and her favourite) was a little green wicker basket filled with hollow coloured plastic eggs. On a tray beside the basket were lots of coloured bits and pieces, crayons, pom poms, bells etc and Amelia had to use the little mini tweezers to pick up and place the right colour inside the corresponding coloured egg. This helps with dexterity, colour co-ordination and fine motor skills.
I created two small sensory bins (stations 2 and 3) which she could get her hands into and use her senses, again using a tweezer she was to gather the mini eggs, ladybirds, flower buttons and bells from the ‘gardens’ and place them into mini plastic animals to feed them. We adore these different tweezers which all came in a set from Amazon (affiliate link) and help with pincer action, scissor movement and thumb forefinger co-ordination.
Our fourth station was a threading exercise where Amelia had to use a pipe cleaner to thread beads and wooden fruits etc onto – for some reason she wanted to match the colours to the pipe cleaners too which was fantastic to watch as I just anticipated her threading all colours! She said the colours of the beads as she went and counted as they were placed on the pipe cleaner, totaling them all up after each one was finished. For a 3 year old I am super proud of how she did!
Our last station was a simply pick and grab basket where I asked for maybe 2 butterflies, 3 eggs and 4 tubes. Amelia would use the ball tweezers to grab the items and count as she went, these tweezers were a scissor action and although easy for her to use the ball was a little large for the small pieces and made it a little more difficult for her. She worked though it and wouldn’t give up until she had them all for me – I love how determined she is!
I have lots more ideas for things to create for our seasonal bins etc and look forward to sharing more with you. Please let me know if you have any posts you can pop below to share ideas.