Happy Friday! Today we are blessed have another special guest sharing here. Heather is a dear blogging friend from Golden Reflections Blog. She has neat ideas for toddlers and preschoolers and also shares great ideas from the viewpoint as an occupational therapist. One of my favorite posts from Heather is series on whether a child has behavior problems or sensory processing issues. Thanks, Heather, for sharing your sensory play idea with us today!
Thank you to Angela for inviting me to share with everyone here at Teaching Mama today.
I love coming up with different sensory activities for kids. This is an activity I recently set up for my daughter’s 2nd birthday party, which was fish themed birthday party. We had a couple little friends coming over, one of whom is 1 years old. So I wanted to come up with a sensory activity that would be safe for him to play in as well.
This jello ocean sensory tray is completely edible, though I did not advertise that to the kids. However, if they happened to put something in their mouths, it would be safe to eat and swallow. And it went with our fish theme perfectly.
Directions for Jello Ocean Sensory Tray
- 2 boxes of blue jello
- 2 aluminum cooking trays
- brown sugar
- whip cream (with a squeeze lid)
- whale or goldfish crackers
- octopus candies
- red fish candies
Make the jello according to the package and let it set overnight in the aluminum cooking trays.
The next day, take the jello out and start to assemble all the ingredients on top. I used brown sugar to one side for the sand. Then I squeezed some whip cream in rows to make the “white capped” waves. Then I sprinkled the candies and goldfish crackers around in the jello “ocean”.
One note, don’t put this together until you are ready to play with it. Since this was for my daughter’s birthday party I had made it a little bit ahead of time and then put it back in the fridge. However, it started to melt in the fridge and I had to remake it before the kids played with it.
So, learn from my mistake! Only put everything on top once you are ready to play with it and then let the kids play with it immediately.
Out of all the kids there, our little one year old friend had the most fun with this. He ended up getting splashed clean in the pool because he had brown sugar all in his hair.
I think this will be a big hit with your kids, especially if they love fish like my daughter does.
If you want to see what else we did for my daughter’s party, you can check out my fish themed birthday party ideas.
Heather Greutman is a homeschool graduate turned homeschool mom blogger. She worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant in the public school system before becoming a stay a home mom to her daughter. She enjoys sharing her tot-school and preschool ideas on her blog, GoldenReflectionsBlog.com where she writes about Christian Montessori inspired homeschool with an Occupational Therapy twist. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google+.