Get messy with shaving foam and waterbeads in our Sensory Soup recipe for back to school letter recognition fun.
We’ve made it past the half way point now in our school summer holidays over here in Ireland, so it’s time to start putting a learning twist into some of our arts and crafts activities to help the boys prepare for the new school year.
Freddie is starting out in Junior Infants this September, so I’ve been spending lots of time with him making sure that he is confident in writing and spelling his name. I’ve been getting him to practise writing his name using different materials such as pencils, crayons, pens, chalk, building it with bricks, cutting it out of play-dough with letter cutters and tracing it in sand with his fingers. To involve his big brother as well, who will be going into 1st Class, I have been working with him on spelling and writing out our surname and practising all of the sight words he learnt last year. I have tried to do most of these activities when my toddler has been napping to allow the boys to concentrate a bit more and not have to worry about her running off with their pencils etc…
Back to School: Sensory Soup
Today I decided to add a sensory element to a name and word learning activity for my two sons. I cooked up some “Sensory Soup” for them to go fishing in for letters to make their names. To make the soup I mixed together water-beads, shaving foam and glitter and added in our special ingredient, plastic letters. Then in order to give the boys an activity each to play with at the same time, I also emptied out a tin of alphabet spaghetti into a dish for them to play around with and make words from.
My 4 year really enjoyed playing with the alphabet spaghetti. When we have this for lunch he often has fun fishing out the letters for his name, so this was really a fun extension to this activity. He did complain that it felt very cold though, so on reflection I maybe should have given it a quick blast in the microwave to warm it up a bit first.
They then swapped over their activities. My 6 year old was much quicker picking his letters out of the spaghetti, but he did say that he preferred the feel of the “Sensory Soup”. My 4 year old loved the “Sensory Soup” as well, but he did need a bit more help finding some of his letters. He didn’t have quite enough patience to dig though all of the letters to find the ones he needed.