DIY Rainbow Foam Treasure Hunt (A Fun Sensory Play Idea For Preschoolers)!
Playtime. The part of the day that lets kids build their imagination, run around, and go a little crazy (in a good way). This quintessential component of a kid’s life may seem just a fun way to pass the time, yet, that is certainly not the case. Playing, for kids, is much more than just a way to keep entertained or throw things around, it is a chance to learn and more importantly, explore.
The type of activities that help children learn and consequently grow are classified as sensory play. Unfamiliar with this term or need some clarification? Sensory play is any type of activity that heightens the five senses. This means the involvement of touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing. Giving a child the chance to engage in sensory play directly correlates to that child growing cognitively. The simple reason is that in Sensory playing, new pathways are developed, and the child is challenged in ways he/she wouldn’t be in every day life. It’s a chance for them to be exposed to new situations, environments, and learning experiences.
With that said, there are many benefits to Sensory play, and they include, but aren’t limited to, the following:
Sensory play gives kids the opportunity to further cognitive development. When play includes counting, or matching, base level skills in math are established.
The chance to build memories. The five senses are intrinsically intertwined with memory. Providing “first time experience” opportunities to children, allows them to form what is known as a sensory memory. For instance, can you recall the first time you ate something sour? Or when you played with bugs outside? Likely, if you do, sensory memory is responsible.
Explore Their Creativity. Kids’ brains are sponges. They absorb everything around them. Exposing them to bright colors, stimulating sounds, and more, gives them the chance to expand their creativity. They can learn to blend colors through painting or learn that certain sounds evoke certain feelings.
Now that the importance of Sensory play is laid out, we wanted to take the opportunity to provide a fun (and easy!) DIY activity for your preschool-aged kids.
Rainbow Foam Treasure Hunt
What You’ll Need —
+ Lavender Castile Soap (2 Tablespoons)
+ 1/4 Cup Water
+ Big, Empty Plastic Bin
+ “Treasure Chest” Toys
+ Liquid Watercolors (find: here)
How To Make —
1. With an electric mixture combine 1/4 cup water with 2 tablespoons of soap together. Keep mixing until foam peaks form. Add coloring of choice for the first foam.
2. Repeat the above step with the rest of the colors. Note: You want to make the colors individually to achieve the “rainbow” effect.
3. Before adding the foam into the bin, first place the treasure chest toys. Make sure there are double so you can incorporate a “find the other matching piece” component to the game — building math skills/cognitive function.
Are you excited to try this DIY project at home? Let us know below! Also, we suggest having playtime outdoors since this could get messy. To make sure that the experience stays strictly fun, grab some Kids Herbal Armor Natural Insect Repellent Deet Free to ward off any annoying pests.
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