Teachers pour their hearts into providing our children with a good education and priceless experience. It’s rare that anyone other than their families see the long hours they put in perfecting their lesson plans, setting up new activities, and grading papers.
Have you ever tried dying popcorn kernels? It is a great addition to sensory play! You can create vibrant colors to match any theme. While easy, the process to dye the popcorn kernels takes a day or two. If you maintain them well, they can last for a year or longer!
We're sharing our favorite way to dye popcorn kernels with you!
As a former elementary teacher, I love Hundreds Charts! Exposing pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students to a number chart is so great to help them become familiar with these early learning concepts. Kids can see rows of ten easily which reinforces the understanding of place value and really pushes children to observe patterns of ten both vertically and horizontally. It can even help more advanced math students with skip counting, multiplication, and higher level thinking.
One reason we are big fans of loose parts play is that it allows for a creative outlet. One child might use colored wood pieces to create a design on the floor (similar to a mandala) while another could decorate the top of their castle with the same colored pieces. Each child will interpret the materials differently and it is always so cool to witness the variation and interpretation of the materials.
The Potion Board™ is one of our most popular boards to date, and a Creative Learning Co.™ original design! The versatility of this Learning Board™ allows for hours of fun. It supports all kinds of learning skills through wet or dry sensory play!
This sealed beechwood board is double-sided for double the fun! One side has a rainbow and the other side has a maze/labyrinth. Twenty wooden balls come with your initial order, but any 1” ball or marble will work perfectly to slide and swirl around this board!
The best thing about open-ended, sensory play is that there are so many different ways to make it new and exciting again. Simply change the theme, filler, tool, or board—and uncover even more hours of exploration!
Here at The Creative Learning Co., we want to be a resource for you as you discover that creative play doesn’t have to be complicated in order to be loads of fun for everyone!
Open-ended play is when we give our children the freedom to play and explore without rules or instructions. When our children are free to imagine, create, and engage with the materials available to them—they begin building the foundation for all other developmental leaps.
Here at The Creative Learning Co., we believe in letting young children learn through play. The early years are crucial for brain development and engaging their imagination. Hands-on learning without a formal structure around the toy or activity provides a solid foundation for your child to continue to build off for years to come.