During our Summer Enrichments we decided to “shake things up” here at the Grove! We’ve added a Science & Sensory Enrichment every Wednesday afternoon! Thus far, judging from the magnitude of “mess” and the level of “what happened to you today” it’s been a hit thus far!
Children love sensory experiences! Water used in its simplest form – for pouring, dumping, mixing, splashing, turning a water wheel is often a calming and very relaxing activity for children. Yes, it can be extremely messy – but that’s the FUN part! Children often miss out on these “messy” experiences for a number of reasons – however, here at the Grove, the harder we work, the messier we get, and the children love it!! Here’s a sneak peek at what we’ve been experimenting with during our Science & Sensory Enrichment:
June 14, 2011
What a combination, right? I don’t know the “science” behind it all – but what I do know is that it’s fascinating to watch the kids touch, feel, stir, hold, mix, and marvel at how cornstarch and water interact with one another. Cornstarch is a powdery substance and when mixed with water it’s smooth and creamy. If you try to scoop it up in your hands it looks as if it’s melting! It can be a little tricky to scoop off the bottom of a sensory tub but once accomplished it’s like a thick liquid soap mix! Pretty cool!
Shaving Cream & Watercolor
June 29, 2011
YAHOO!! The kids clapped and cheered when they saw cans of shave cream! We love shave cream! We added a little “twist” to the shave cream – watercolor! The children were so excited to find the colored surprise inside their shave cream once they began to mix and mix! Shave cream is often a very calming activity for children – they’re able to explore, squeeze, mix, smell, drive trucks through, and for the one’s who live on the wild side – cover their arms and faces with it!
Stay tuned …. What Science and Sensory Enrichment will we explore next?