Scissor Skills

Working on scissor skills does so much more than just plain scissor skills – if that makes sense. It helps strengthen fine motor skills which in turns help with shoe tying, writing, drawing, etc. I know it seems scary to allow a child to have a pair of scissors and a piece of paper, but I’m here to help you see that it really isn’t!

Free scissor skill printable! Did you know how many things you're working on when you're working on scissor skills at home? It helps kids strengthen their fine motor skills, hand eye coordination - so much more! Check out this post for a free scissor skill printable for kids ages 2-5.

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Sensory Bin Fillers

Sensory play is one of our favorite activities around here. Sensory bins are right up there as something we do frequently. My oldest is often thinking of his own sensory bin fillers, so we made a quick list for you to check out for yourself.

Huge list of sensory bin filler ideas

 

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Now that you know all about sensory play (ha!), let’s dive right into the best part of it all – getting creative and choosing a filler item, or base. Before you get into it, I have to remind you to BE SMART. Don’t give a baby a bucket of marbles. Be very mindful of choking and don’t leave kiddos unattended. One of my favorite tips for babies is take your sensory bin items and put them into a double bagged ziploc bag and tape off to seal. Or you can put it into a water bottle and hot glue it shut.

Admittedly, I didn’t do a lot of activities at home with my second child when she was a baby. My first was in preschool starting at 7 weeks old so they did lots of stuff with him. Sensory play is one of the easiest things to do with babies. They learn how to make movements on their own which translates to so many other skills to help enforce then even more skills.

Without further ado, here is your list. Obviously for the older kiddos, you can use any filler from a younger age.

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Sensory Bin Fillers

  • Ages 0-1
    • Shredded paper
    • Water
    • Feathers
    • Cut up sponges
    • Cotton balls
    • Baby cereal
  • Ages 1-2
    • Dry pasta
    • Dry beans (these are NOT consumable!)
    • Uncooked rice
    • Large pebbles/rocks
    • Pom poms
    • Cooked spaghetti noodles
    • Fake leaves
    • Oatmeal
    • Cut up plastic straws
    • Sand
    • Fake flowers
  • Ages 2-3
    • Fish tank pebbles
    • Shaving cream
    • Dry cereal
    • Foam cubes
    • Soapy water
    • Tissue paper
    • Plastic grass
  • Ages 3-4
  • Ages 4 and up
    • Glass floral gems
    • Water beads
    • Marbles
    • Bird seed
    • Jelly beans

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Sidewalk Chalk Games

Summertime is full of tons of playtime opportunities. Sometimes it’s nice that those playtime opportunities are right in your front or backyard. Sidewalk chalk games are a great way to keep your kiddos thinking during the summer months and also keep them active!

Sidewalk chalk games to keep your kiddos busy and learning

Do you need a tutorial on sidewalk chalk paint? Check out this one here that I’ve done – it is really easy and you probably have all of the supplies on hand already.

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Play Dough Mats – Alphabet

Play dough mats are a great way to manipulate dough into shapes and also learn a little bit during the process. They’re a great activity for kids who like to learn with their sense of touch. Here is a printable for you with letters of the alphabet and numbers!

alphabet play dough mats - grab your free set here!

I don’t know about you, but my kids love play dough. They love to push and pull the dough to manipulate it into shapes they like. I think most of the time they don’t even have an end game in mind and that’s ok!

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Sensory Bin Tools to Keep on Hand

Ah, sensory play! Most people don’t realize how easy it really is, especially if you keep a handful of sensory bin tools on hand. Here is a great list of sensory bin tools that are easily accessible (you probably have most of them already) and can work in many different types of sensory bins for many different ages.

the best sensory bin tools to keep on hand for sensory play

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Toddler I-Spy Bag

If you are looking for a simple activity to help a toddler with colors, shapes, fine motor and pretend writing, this is the activity for you! It takes only a few supplies and is ready super quick. The best part is if you have an older sibling, they can play with it, too!

toddler i-spy bag plus ways to include the older sibling for some cooperative play

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Sensory Play

As a past teacher and now a mom, I understand the importance of sensory play. Some kiddos learn best by being hands on, and incorporating sensory play is a great way to allow them to do just that – learn hands on. If you’re wondering about the importance of sensory play, read on and learn!

want more information on sensory play? Check it out here with a free sensory bin activity guide!

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Animal Action Dice

Large motor activities are so important – especially in the winter months when you feel like you’re stuck inside all day. Grab this animal action dice printable and get to moving!

animal action dice with free download

My kiddos love large motor activities and I love easy large motor activities so this one is a win/win for us. They love acting like animals (making their movements and sounds) so I figured this activity would be perfect for us on a “stuck inside” day.

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Toddler Sorting Activity

This toddler sorting activity addresses lots of skills and is super easy to put together. I even adapted it to add my 5 year into it as well.

Toddler sorting activity

It’s cold outside. So we have been focusing on some indoor activities for the kiddos. We’ve done large motor, literacy/math for my older kiddo and now we’ve done a toddler sorting activity for my 2 year old.

This activity is so easy to put together! My 2 year old actually was able to help me put it together (this wasn’t planned. But as we all know, toddlers don’t care at all about what is planned and what isn’t planned.

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