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July 28, 2014

Sensory Activities

I love finding creative ways to keep my little guys busy, and today I want to share with you a few sensory activities that have been a hit in our house this summer!
Sensory Activities

At the beginning of the summer, I snatched up a couple of inexpensive ice trays -
Should I be embarrassed that I didn't already own some? Wal-Mart to the rescue!
In each open space, I placed a small plastic bug, amphibian, or reptile - My guys love little critters!
I added water & froze them overnight. (I made sure to include my little ones in this project - so they could see some science in action.
We also did this on a grander scale with a shoebox size plastic container full of animals -
We even included some dinosaurs! You would've thought I hung the moon~
 After freezing all of these goodies, the next day brought lots of fun! The "ice cubes" were dropped in glasses of water...melted on hot pavement...held in little hands until they melted...lots of fun.

However, the large block of ice called for a hammer and a screwdriver -
My oldest loved "digging" for the creatures. I just love boys!
 I would highly suggest closely supervising toddlers when they are using large tools made for man-hands....actually, what kind of crazy parent lets their kid use a hammer like this?
*No one was injured in the carrying out of this activity.*
Lowe's has been the place for picking up goodies for a few of the other activities we've tackled this summer.
When I spotted these lumber crayons, I had to grab one in every color - I think they need to offer more than three colors, don't you? They are so much fun! My hubby had some extra wood in the garage (from Lowe's, no doubt), and I joined in the fun - drawing and coloring all over this piece of wood.
We have used the Free Paint Coupons that Lowe's offers seasonally to gather paint to use for various fun projects. Another great little goodie that coupled with a piece of wood can be a great activity! Also check out their Build and Grow Program. We have not yet attended a class, but we have purchased some of the kits in-store, and they have been great for father/son bonding!
Each year, Caleb gets to plant a flower of his own, and then I let him name it.
(Once again, thank you, Lowe's!)
Last year, his flower's name was "turtle". This year? "Jesus".
This was not intended to be a Lowe's commercial.
However, it gives you a glimpse into where we spend a lot of our time! *smile*

Portions of this post were originally featured on Beauty Through Imperfection~