Welcome to day nine of our Simple Play :: complex learning series, where today we’re sharing nature walk ideas. Read on for ideas for observing the seasons and using your walk as a springboard into art, craft and sensory play.
Here’s our complete resource of seasonal activities that will help you teach the seasons. Follow the cycle of the year and learn about the seasons, the changing weather, how plants grow and animals adapt to the seasons. You’ll find resources for your classroom and ideas for how to homeschool with the seasons, incorporating math activities, literacy work, art, science and sensory play ideas.
The seasons activities – a complete resource
This ice painting process art idea, taken from my new ebook and online art course for families Art Spark, includes the extra sensory element of coldness. It’s a fun hands-on activity, particularly good as an outdoor art exploration and for keeping cool on hot summer days.
Sensory play ice painting with frozen paint
Art inspired by nature, and using an interesting combination of watercolour paint and fine markers, we’re paining sunflowers.
One of my girls is so romantic, and this rose petal sensory play tub was made just for her. It smells wonderful and gives children a new natural material to explore – and it’s lovely for imaginary play.
Rose petal sensory play tub [Read more…]
Do your children like to create and play with small worlds? My girls always have one or two landscapes on the go at any one time. Today B made a fairy garden in the sand pit which she declared ‘the sweetest thing I’ve ever made’ – so I had to show it to you. It’s lovely, and also a good reminder that the simplest of ‘loose parts’ and a child’s imagination can combine to create great things.
Sand pit fairy garden for small world play [Read more…]
This soothing lavender sensory tub is just the thing for a hot summer’s day, or just before bedtime.