This recycled art is a great way to help kids focus on feelings, character development, social skills and being more compassionate. As a therapist, I can think of at least 10 different ways to use these, and also, about a hundred other ways in which I might expand on this notion in sessions, to help kids deal with grief and loss, anger, divorce, trauma and more. I love using creative therapies with kids, adolescents and families. But this activity can easily be utilized in homes and classroms."
Have lots of fun dotting, but "Remember ~ when using small objects with young children, they need constant supervision. Many of the items suggested are choking hazards and should never be in the hands of a young child who isn’t properly supervised."
Activities for young babies don't need to be extravagant or over-planned. After all, everything is a first experience for young babies and the wonder and amazement of watching bubbles form and float, then fall, burst and disappear is totally mesmerising the first time it's seen!
...removed the plastic tablecloth from their art table and laid out a series of roads, parking spaces, and dead-ends with orange paper tape. I used paper tape because it’s low-tack and easy to remove from the table without harming the surface. You won’t want to leave it on for days on end, but it’ll do the trick for a couple days.
Then I placed a few vehicles, action figures, and road features around the table as an invitation to play...
Couldn't agree more with "There are so many simple ways to incorporate sensory play into daily life, but the simplest is to go outside! Nothing beats the great outdoors in terms of smells, textures, and sights, and sounds!". Indeed!
If you read this blog often you will already know how much we love salt dough and use it often for capturing baby handprints and child footprints for display on the wall! It is ridiculously cheap and easy to make, is extremely versatile and, if done right, can last years on display!
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