Category Archives: Sensory

Autumn leaves – glitter on natural leaves

 

 

Glittered leaves using real leaves
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You will need:
Real autumn leaves – large is better
Glue – I colour mine with paint
Sponges in pegs or paint brushes
Glitter – gold and red and glitter shakers
Tray to collect the excess glitter
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Method:
I set out glue and glue brushes and real autumn leaves. The children dabbed on coloured glue and sprinkled the leaves with green and gold glitter. The excess glitter was tipped off onto a flat tray. I did not write the children’s names as the leaves were attached to a group autumn tree.

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Notes:
Glitter is messy so work in an area that is easy to clean up
Supervise closely – children like to play with glitter and use plenty of it! And spread it everywhere!!
Having a few flat trays helps contain the glitter mess
Allow the children to create freely without being too prescriptive
Glitter shakers help with sprinkling the glitter
This is an excellent activity for the younger children but ration out the glitter to them in small cups

Once dry attach to a group Autumn tree trunk ( see previous blogs)

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Themes: Autumn, Trees and wood

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roller painting using cardboard rollers

Roller painting using cardboard rollers

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Themes: Under the ground, shapes, colours, five senses, hands, the sea and water ( use as a water background), transport ( wheels and things that move). This technique can be adapted to be used with many themes buy changing the colour of the paint or the shape of the paper. Example: Autumn leaves cut from orange, yellow and red rolled paper.

You will need:

  • Firm cardboard rollers
  • Paper
  • Paint – 2 or 3 colours and white
  • Teaspoons

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The children really enjoyed this activity especially the boys. I did the activity with the 4-6 year olds but with a small group and supervision the 3-4 year olds would manage this activity too. This is an excellent gross motor painting activity strengthening the fingers at the same time, It is important that you use firm cardboard rolls otherwise they will flatten when you roll them and disintegrate with the paint wetting the cardboard.

I found it worked best to drop blobs of paint on the paper using the teaspoons.

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Then roll the cylinders through the paint adding more as you need.  DSCN4829

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Be aware of your children who are excessive with paint as they tend to make the paper very wet with too much paint. Initially I thought it would be effective for the children to roll the cylinders in paint on flat plates but it was clumsy, so I switched to dropping blobs of paint instead. We were creating paper to cut seaweed for an under water display so I chose to use greens, blues and I added white which created a lovely effect of light and dark colours.

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Seaweed display using the painted paper

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Using the paper for pretend sea with plastic dolphins

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Subject: Life Skills 
Study area: Creative arts
Create in 2D
• Drawing and painting using the week’s topic
• Painting: use pre-mixed tempera paint or coloured inks or dyes in primary and secondary colours to respond to the week’s topic
•  Simple printmaking techniques to create informal pattern
•  Use colour to create pattern

Create in 3D (constructing)
• Fine-motor and sensory co-ordination: (eye-hand-mind) manipulation of scissors and other tools and equipment.
•  Encourage development of skills through manipulation of the materials

Integration: Subject: Home language
Skill: Handwriting
• Uses a range of writing tools e.g. paint brushes, wax crayons etc.
• Develops eye- hand co-ordination through play e.g. drawing and painting

 

Printing and painting with pot scourers

Printing and painting with pot scourers with glitter

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Themes: My home, the five senses and hands. This would make a lovely background for a sky or water done in blues and whites. This technique can be used to colour a variety of shapes such as autumn colours on autumn leaf shapes, flower shapes, butterflies etc. The prints can be added to tree branches to make the tree top.

You will need: Paper, bright coloured thick ready mixed paint, pot scourers, flat plastic lids, glue and glitter. The scourer can be washed and reused. Dry well so they do not rust.

Age: This activity will work well with all the age ranges but I would recommend plastic scourers for the under two’s as they may put them into their mouths. The children enjoyed the unusual sensory experience and this activity attracted many boys to the activity!

I bought some inexpensive metal pot scourers which came in a set of 6. Plastic ones will be as effective.

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I used black paper which contrasted nicely with the bright paint colours I selected.

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I placed the paint on plastic ice-cream lids so it was easy to dip them into the paint.

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The children printed and ‘painted’ with the pot scourers. I encouraged them to rotate the scourers which created interesting circle patterns of paint. Some children chose to use the scourer to spread the paint creating an interesting paint effect. Others chose to create a border around the edge of the paper.

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Once the paintings had dried, we dipped the scourer into some glue and repeated the printing action to spread some glue onto the painting. The children sprinkled glitter onto the glue.

We ended up with beautiful paintings which were sparkly.
CAPS Outcomes

Subject: Life Skills 
Study area: Creative arts
Create in 2D
• Fine-motor and sensory co-ordination: (eye-hand-mind) manipulation of scissors and other tools and equipment.

Create in 2D
• Painting: use pre-mixed tempera paint or coloured inks or dyes in primary and secondary colours to respond to the week’s topic
• Simple printmaking techniques to create informal pattern
• Art elements: informal experience and use of shape in drawing and painting
• Use colour to create pattern

Subject: Languages (Home)
Skill: Handwriting
• Develops small muscles and fine motor control skills
• Develops eye- hand co-ordination through play e.g. drawing and painting

 

 

 

 

Sea and beach theme/topic ideas

Collage an underwater fish scene with a wave background
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Themes: Sea, sea and beach, fish, water, water animals, shapes

Background waves
Create the background first. Cut some wave combs from plastic milk bottles ( cut them open and use the plastic). Using thick blue paint – ready mixed, powder or finger paint are all effective but adding some glue to thicken powder paints and help adhere the fish is necessary. The children spread the paint over a large sheet of paper using a thick brush or their hands. Once the page is covered they use the combs and drag  them through the paint creating wave patterns. The children continue until they are happy with their background.
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Then add the fish. NOTE: If you want to draw patterns on the fish it is best done before the fish are pasted to the background.

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I cut a variety of oval and triangle shaped pieces of coloured paper or lightweight cardboard. The children create fish from oval and triangle paper shapes which the children select and arrange on the wet wave background. As you can see from the many different end products some children added one fish, while others filled their page with fish. Since this activity was done with a mixed age range of children (31/2 to 5 year old) some of the fish were not as well constructed as they could be, but this shows you how the activity can work with the different age ranges. Note that I have not corrected the fish as this is a valuable assessment tool.

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3 1/2 year old. These two pictures have been done by the same child. She was a lot more controlled in her first picture

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Some children lack self-control and are excessive

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5 year old

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4 year old

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5 year old

Notes

  • When I work solely with the younger children I cut the fish shapes with the tail as one shape. For Grade R children they can be encouraged to cut their own fish shapes and decorate them with writing patterns before they paste them to the wave background.
  • If you are using finger paint have a bucket of water and a towel close by
  • If you are working with a younger age group do not place scissors on the table. All your shapes will be cut into little pieces
  • The activity can be extended for the older learner by adding a sand base and crinkle paper seaweed
  • Dry the art works on a flat surface

Life Skills   Study area: Creative arts
Create in 2D

• Drawing and painting using the week’s topic
• Painting: use pre-mixed tempera paint or coloured inks or dyes in primary and secondary colours to respond to the week’s topic

Create in 3D (constructing)
• Fine-motor and sensory co-ordination: (eye-hand-mind) manipulation of scissors and other tools and equipment.

Integration: Subject: Home language Skill: Handwriting
• Uses a range of writing tools e.g. paint brushes, wax crayons etc.
•  Develops eye- hand co-ordination through play e.g. drawing and painting

Cloud dust – flour and baby oil

Recipe: Cloud dust
Mix 4 cups of flour and 1/2 cup of baby oil together. Double the quantity if your group is large. This amount was good for 6-8 children. The mixture is not oily.

I set this activity out in carboard box lids to contain the mixture and I added some plastic spoons. You could add some dry powder paint to the mixture.

The children really enjoyed this different sensory medium and I was surprised to see  how long they stayed at the table. The flour can be ‘moulded’ together but it breaks down easily.

    

Themes: My five sense, baker, food, space (moon dust), colours (add dry powder paint), farming – maize

Perceptual skills: Small and large muscle development, sensory

CAPS outcomes:
Subject: Life Skills   Study area: Creative arts
Create in 3D (constructing)
• Fine-motor and sensory co-ordination: (eye-hand-mind) manipulation of scissors and other tools and equipment.
• Encourage development of skills through manipulation of the materials

Winter tree collage – creative activity

Winter tree collage (ideal for the backdrop of your winter theme table)

To make this winter tree I set out several long pieces of hessian cloth, but paper or large flattend cardboard boxes will be effective too.

The children painted the hesian with glue mixed with brown powder paint.

They added  some leaves (crush them as it helps them to stick), twigs and sand to the wet ‘paint and glue”. Dried tea leaves and dried crushed egg shells will add more texture.

Once the hessian was dry I cut out some tree trunks and branches and attached them in a winter tree outline. As you can see from the picture, most of the collage material fell off when it dried, but nevertheless it was a great sensory activity with all the textures. I suggest you use extra glue when pasting the collage material. If you teach where you have snow in the winter, add some cotton wool snow hanging from the bare branches.line on our large classroom pin board.

In another lesson the children painted some real brown Autumn leaves with autumn coloured paint and we attached them with some grass to the base of the tree.

This activity is suitable for the following themes:

  • Trees and wood
  • Colours – brown
  • Birds – add a nest
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