This post first appeared on Teacher Types which you can read here. A big thank you to Lauren for allowing me to republish it!
At the beginning of the year we made our very own sensory table out of pvc pipes and a plastic storage container. It was quite simple to make and has been one of the best things we have done. It is used almost daily by our 2 year old who loves to play with it along with all our little visitors too. If you would like to make your own you can see our instructions here.
Mr R, our little toddler absolutely loves to paint! He gets very excited when I get the paints out and enthusiastically helps me by choosing which colours he wants to use. Usually we stick with 3 colours because we have 3 pots and 3 brushes. I find that this number actually works quite well though and it gives him a good amount of choice without being overwhelmed and getting (too) silly.
Sometimes I leave little suggestions for how we could paint. I might bring his cars out and start rolling them through the paint, sometimes I leave the brushes and suggest finger painting and once I encouraged him to paint on a mirror. He loves all of these experiences and I enjoy doing them with him. I never force him to paint in a certain way and leave each experience open for him to lead it in any direction he wishes, but I have found that if I suggest a way then he usually follows me and continues his art in that way.
Some people say that weather is no excuse for not going outside. I'm not one of those people. If I lived in a place where it snowed I'd be happy to take the kids for a play, but it doesn't snow where I live. In Winter it just rains, and quite often the rain is heavy and you are saturated in an instant. With a toddler and a crawling infant that's just not my idea of fun!
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