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Sounds Like Fun!

This activity goes along with Lesson 3 in our workbook, About Me.

This activity goes along with Lesson 3 in our workbook, About Me.

Here is a  listening game that is loads of fun – your child will want to play it over and over again!

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You’ll need the following supplies:

  1. Popcorn seeds
  2. Marbles
  3. Raisins
  4. Rice
  5. Coins
  6. Toothpicks
  7. Pebbles
  8. Raw shell pasta
  9. Oat Cereal

First, download our Matching Sounds Mat (found under “Support Materials”) and print out. We put ours in a page protector, for obvious reasons.

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Fill 9 plastic Easter eggs with the supplies. This game is trickier if the eggs are all the same color.

Ask your child to heft, shake, and listen to each egg. He can guess what’s in them by placing each on it’s corresponding square on the mat.

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When he is done guessing, your child can open each egg to see if he’s correct. It’s pretty cool to see him light up when he gets it right!

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Why We Like It: This is another version of our Eggsamples activity, which isolates and explores several of the five senses. Kids like the colorful mat and the opportunity to “guess” by placing eggs on the squares. They excitedly anticipate the completion of the game, when they get to see how many eggs they guessed correctly. This is a good introduction to the process of elimination and is not as easy as it looks – it might take your child a few practices to get them all right!

Check out the Five Senses lesson in our workbook, About Me!

Check out the Five Senses lesson in our workbook, About Me!

Feeling Hands

This post was inspired by Lesson 3 in our workbook About Me.

Filled with fun activities, colorful illustrations, and inventive worksheets, About Me will excite your child to learn about the human body!

This week’s sensory project can be developed in many different ways. Come up with your own ideas!

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Project #1 – Hand Cut-outs

1. Gather a variety of papers and materials that have an interesting feel. We chose corrugated cardboard, faux fur, foam, sparkly card stock, felt, and metallic scrapbooking paper.

2. Trace around your child’s hand onto card stock to make a template. (Reserve this template if you choose to complete project #3.) Use the template to trace the hand onto your papers and fabrics. Cut out each.

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3. If you wish, this can be as far as you go with this project. You can punch a hole in each hand and string them together, or use a key ring to keep them attached. Your child will want to handle them as she learns words to describe how each feels.

 

Project #2 – Texture Cards

1. Write or type a describing word for each hand on pieces of card stock. Cut the card stock into smaller cards for easier handling. Glue the hands onto their corresponding cards.

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The foam hand feels soft and squishy

 

Project #3 – Feeling Hands Book

1. To make a book, you will need a small cardboard box, such as one for cereal/granola bars. Cut the box to resemble a cover. Make sure you have cut the cover the same size as your hand cards.

2. Decorate the book cover – we used the reserved hand template for the front and covered the back with construction paper (using school glue).

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3. Punch holes in the spine and on the cards, making sure they are aligned, like this:

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3. Thread a piece of yarn or string through the holes and secure with a square knot:

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Optional – we “laminated” our book cover with packaging tape to make it sturdier.

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Why We Like It:  This is a cute project that your child can enjoy for quite a while. She learns that her hands are what she uses most when discovering what objects feel like. If you use bright and colorful materials, this project can be a highly visual experience as well. Teach your child new describing words while she feels each cut-out.

Lesson 3: Five Senses - includes activities, games, and worksheets!

Lesson 3: Five Senses – includes activities, games, and worksheets!