Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with toddlers by doing a fun home activity with kids that will help them develop their senses. Check out our cool ice rainbow sensory play for toddlers activity.
Sensory stimuli are essential for children to activate their brains. By being in direct contact with the environment using their senses (hear, sight, smell, touch, and taste), children’s brains are being developed through gathering information.
One technique to develop sensory stimulation is through activities from which children can perceive sensations that act on each sense. These stimuli are interpreted and converted by the brain into new knowledge, generating new neural connections. All these sensations come through children’s own experiences.
Children’s minds are infinite; therefore, we must prepare the environment in such a way that they can leverage the stimuli to develop its capacities. That means that the more stimuli older children can perceive, the better their learning abilities and recognition of their reality will be.
Through children experiencing this exploration process, they must depend on the appropriate stimuli. They must also have an interest in acquiring new knowledge.
Their ability to relate positively with their environment and society depends on strengthening their autonomy and self-confidence. This way, they will be useful people capable of building a better society.
THEME: SENSORY PLAY FOR TODDLERS
HOW DO WE DO THIS ACTIVITY?
Topic: Sensory stimuli
Age: 1-2-year-old children
Goal: Through this sensory play for toddlers activity, children will learn to activate their senses, identify colors, temperatures, and textures. At the same time, they will strengthen the movements of their hands and fingers.
Difficulty level: Intermediate. This sensory activity for toddlers is designed for children to carry out autonomously, through exploration, and with an adult’s accompaniment.
- Texture identification
- Movements accuracy
- Temperature identification
- Color identification
- Ice-cube tray
- Food coloring or paint
- Popsicle sticks
- A mixing or stir stick
Pour the water into the ice-cube tray.
Use the mixer to add paint into each space of the ice-cube tray.
Put the ice-cube tray into the freezer and wait until the water begins to form a solid. Once the colored water has begun to harden, insert a popsicle stick into each section (it should stand up by itself.) Leave the tray in the freezer to finish forming the ice into a complete solid piece.
Once the water has formed into a solid, give the ice pops to the child and ask him/her to draw freely.
The sensory play for toddlers activity of the rainbow made with an ice pop
FREE PRINTABLE WORKSHEETS FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAY
Together with the sensory play for toddlers activity, give kids fun new St. Patrick’s Day worksheets. Click the link below to download our free printable worksheets.
HOW TO DEVELOP THIS ACTIVITY WITH CHILDREN OF OTHER AGES?
CHANGES FOR CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 1
This sensory play for toddlers activity can be carried out with younger children. The difficulty level can be lower on this activity to make it more suitable for children’s abilities. They should use food coloring and bigger molds; this way, they will not be in danger of swallowing something harmful.
CHANGES FOR CHILDREN OLDER THAN 2
This sensory play for toddlers activity can be done with older children. To increase the difficulty level, children can follow each step in making the popsicles and making a more elaborated drawing because their motor skills are enhanced. In this way, an activity will be carried out according to the children’s development and abilities.
WATCH THE STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS HERE
VIDEO DESCRIPTION – ICE RAINBOW SENSORY PLAY FOR TODDLERS
In this sensory play for toddlers video, you will find the step-by-step of the activity “ICE RAINBOW.” This sensory play for toddlers activity was designed for 1-2-year-old children. They will carry out a sensory activity with ice of different colors that will also be used to draw a rainbow. This sensory activity for toddlers will help children develop texture identification, movement accuracy, focus, temperature identification, emotions, and color identification. The materials are an ice-cube tray, water, food coloring or paint, cardboard, popsicle stick, and a mixing/stir stick.
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