Sensory Party

Education Blog Nosh Magazine{Originally posted on Salt and Chocolate}

One of my ideas of something to do this summer was have a “Sensory Party.”
Last year, Ken made the boys some sensory tables.
After a winter of neglect it was time to refurbish them. Why not make it a party? We decided to carry the theme to all 5 of the senses. It was fun and super easy to plan and what fun the boys had! It was a great evening.

The sense of touch and the sense of sight: I made this colored rice a few days beforehand.
They’ve never had rice in the sensory table before, so this was new. We set it out with all the colors separate and the boys got to swirl them together.

The rice table is attached to the bean table now. They had beans before, but I added to them for the party. Who can resist running their hands through dry beans? I can’t–it’s a childhood memory of mine. So the more beans the better, I say.

Baby Rainer spent most of his time alternating between the rice and the beans.
More touch; more sight: In the water table we put these ice blocks.

One is an ice treasure.
One is a block of red, white and blue ice. I set out toy tools, paint brushes, and a spray bottle to help “excavate” the treasures. At one point we also poured on salt. Later, Ken brought out a watering can with warm water. Dieter was fascinated and spent most of his time here. There are several layers of “treasure” here and it was a cool evening, so it took forever, but this activity really held his interest.
The “treasures” are just odds and ends I found around the house. No expense here, just a little preplanning.

The sense of smell:
The olfactory tray was also a huge hit. We smelled herbs from the garden. And it turns out I have quite a collection of extracts!

I love his nose wrinkle.

The sense of sound: Rainer rocks out to Peter, Paul and Mommy on the boombox. He loves to dance. I also thought that they could do drumming, but we had so many activities already we didn’t need it.

As the ice treasures were slowly excavated we set them aside on the tray. It was fun to see the pile grow.
And how could we not have a dessert for the sense of taste? These are homemade ice cream sandwiches. I made whole wheat chocolate chip cookies and layered in bought vanilla ice cream and rolled them in sprinkles.
The kids really loved the party and I was so happy with how it turned out. Yea for summer memory making!

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9 Comments to “Sensory Party”

  1. Velma says:

    This is such a great post! We recently started playing with “ice treasures” as well – my son loves to collect his favorite little action figures at bedtime and freeze them in a baggie for the next day.

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  2. pickel says:

    Oh, this is great. my son has SPD so I need some good winter activities. Wonder if I could do this inside…

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  3. amy

    We do this inside for sure! In under the bed sweater boxes. :)

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  9. I love the ice treasure hunting because they can vaguely see what they are going after. It is good for a toddler to do with a littler one crawling by them. Because you know the baby will try eating the rice or beans. Thanks for the idea.