Let children welcome winter with fun activities. Introduce them to winter animals like penguins in this swimming penguins water sensory play.
The stimuli from the environment favor children’s activities so that they can work happily and unconsciously learn. Every activity that children carry out is absorbed for their learning. For this reason, they must take advantage of the stimuli in their environment to develop each of their capabilities.
One of the questions that come to our minds when we think about sensory stimulation is how to prepare for a favorable environment? This space should be a pleasant and orderly place where the development of activities is arranged so that the child feels comfortable and safe. Materials are critical. The more stimuli, the better your experiences will be.
Everything in the environment is a stimulus for the senses. In this case, it is unnecessary to generate a great elaboration of materials. Nature itself offers us many incentives, such as plants that stimulate smell through their fruits and flowers.
Activities involving food are good to activate the sense of taste and touch through textures. Through the many varieties of foods, children can determine temperatures, shapes, and movements; the sight, through dimensions, colors, volumes, and forms; the ear, through the sounds of seeds rattling in a package, and sounds of nature.
The following water sensory play activity is designed based on the Montessori learning method. The child can feel and experiment through remarkable textures. The child finishes the exercise. Playing by itself is fun. It means doing something with the sole purpose of entertaining and having fun, and if you add fun and motivating materials, playing becomes the best in the world.
THEME: WATER SENSORY PLAY
HOW DO WE DO THIS ACTIVITY?
Topic: Sensory stimulation
Age: 2-4-year-old children
Goal: Through this water sensory play activity, kids will strengthen their sense of touch by experimenting with textures.
Difficulty level: Average. In this water sensory play activity, the boys and girls curiously explore textures and colors by following instructions.
- Temperature acknowledgment
- Color discrimination
- Accuracy in hands’ and finger’s movements
- Usage of every finger
- A tray
- Penguins made with foamy
- Water gel beads
- Two plastic containers
Fill the container with water and put the water gel beads into the water. (adult help and supervision)
Allow the child to immerse and experience the penguins’ textures and the water gel beads by dipping them in and out of the water. The penguins are taken out, and they settle into the container. (Adult supervision)
Water sensory play activity with water gel beads and foamy penguins
FREE PRINTABLE WORKSHEETS
After their water sensory play give kids some fun worksheets. Click the link below to download and print.
HOW DO WE DO THIS WATER SENSORY PLAY ACTIVITY WITH CHILDREN OF DIFFERENT AGES?
CHANGES FOR CHILDREN UNDER 4 YEARS OLD
This water sensory play activity can be developed with younger children. To carry out this exercise, you will not need to change materials. It is unnecessary to make children transfer penguins from one container to another to lower the difficulty level. It is enough if they can feel the textures and explore. In this way, they will carry out a sensory activity appropriate to their development and abilities.
CHANGES FOR CHILDREN OLDER THAN 6
This water sensory play activity can be done with older children. To increase the difficulty level, you can add a container and a tablespoon. This way, children will use the tablespoon to transfer the penguins between containers. This motor skill activity requires strength and precision in hand movements. In this way, a preschool activity will be carried out according to older children’s development and abilities.
VIDEO DESCRIPTION – PENGUINS WITH WATER GEL BALLS. FUN WATER SENSORY PLAY
This water sensory play video provides the step-by-step of the “PENGUINS WITH WATER GEL BALLS” activity, designed for 4-6 years old children. Here, children will do a sensory activity with penguins and water gel balls, using the transfer technique.
This sensory activity will allow children to develop trust, temperature acknowledgments, color discrimination, accuracy in hands and finger movements, self-esteem, every finger usage, and relaxation.
They will need the following materials to do the activity, a tray, water, penguins made with foamy, water gel beads, and two plastic containers.
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