Category Archives: Space

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

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Sponge pictures – painting

The children had lots of fun creating art works using thin sponge cut into geometric and other shapes.
TIP: Make sure the children use plenty of glue to secure the shapes to the paper.

Here are some of their creations. The younger children just pasted the shapes in a random way while the older children created people, fish and spaceships.

        

One child decided to use the materials in a very different way! He spent ages painting and painting some more until his page and sponge shapes were completely saturated in paint. Then he ‘squeezed’ the sponge shapes and enjoyed watching the paint drip from them. Not quite what I had in mind, but a sensory activity for him which he enjoyed. He is 3 and 1/2 years old.

 

Themes: Myself, transport, space, autumn(cut leaf shapes), fish, shapes. This activity can be applied to many other themes too.

Perceptual skills:
Planning, perseverance, small muscle development, position in space

CAPS:Outcomes
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
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
• Create freely using a range of materials: Sponge and paint
Art elements: informal experience and use of shape in drawing and painting