Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sensory Tables

Why Have a Sensory Table?
     Children learn through using their senses.  The senses help with
information processing. Using multiple senses allows more cognitive connections and associations to be made with a concept. It makes learning a fun, multi-sensory experience to help children process information more effectively.

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DIY Sensory Table
Making a Sensory Table
     Since pre-made tables are expensive,  I found a make- your- own, reasonably priced table with directions and pictures so that  you can make your own.  For directions click on   A Teaching Mommy
   What Do We Put in the Sensory Tables?
      Now that all you crafty people have made your
   sensory tables and for those who aren't so crafty,
   you have figured out that you can use a good size
   storage container and sit it on the floor or small   
   table with a plastic table cloth under it for those little messy spills. You can put all kinds of things in your table. I have put in cornmeal, alphabet letters, dirt and small cars, magnets and things non magnetic or magnetic objects, pom poms, water with pvc pipes cut into short pieces with connectors or sea animals, farm animals with items to go with a farm unit, or other theme related items.  Spinning tops are fun items that can be more contained within the table. Finger painting paint can be put in the bottom of the table and let the children paint and lay a piece of finger painting paper over their creation to make an imprint of their masterpiece. This makes an easy clean-up outside using a hose to wash the paint out. All kinds of different paper with scissors  can be put in with textures to make a cutting party of snipping and fun. Cotton balls with tongs and containers are good fine motor activities, as is Goop, with different size containers, spoons, and other types of doughs. Anything that you can think of will work!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A Beautiful Wedding in Hawaii

My son and new daughter in law were married on June 17, 2014. The wedding was on the island of Oahu in Hawaii and was held at the beach. It was beautiful. I had never been to Hawaii and I loved it and plan to go back again some time in the near future.  Beautiful place!