The sense of sight gets lots of extra fun at Easter that supports children’s early learning, brain development, and kindergarten readiness. While sight is a primary sense channel, all sensory information is important for interacting with the world. At Easter, there’s so much to see: chicks, bunnies, colorful eggs, green grass, and a neighborhood wearing signs of spring.
For a sense of sight Easter activity, kids can color Easter eggs. A tradition at this time of year is to dye eggs. This can easily be done with food color baths made with water and vinegar, but there are other ways. Families will often have a favorite recipe to use, but there are many alternatives. In this photo, it’s easy to see the concentration and focus of this child, as he carefully watches what’s happening to the eggs.
Another easy way to color eggs, is to use coffee filters and paint dabbers. Cut some white filters in the shape of eggs. Both Little Sister and Big Sister enjoyed this activity. Little Sister made a few dabs with each color. She often put one color right on top of another. Her eyes were drawn to the first dots she made and her hand followed her eyes. Kids will often do this and end up painting a hole right thru their project. By asking her if there were any parts that were still white, she spread the dots around.
Big Sister also used all the colors but instead of just random, she made lines that looked like decorated eggs.
Kids love the magic of colors and eggs that happens right before their eyes. Eyes will get quite a workout when it comes time to hunt Easter eggs.
Has an egg ever been so well hidden at your house, that nobody could find it, no matter how hard eyes looked? How will your family color Easter eggs?
Christmas is a feast for all the senses and children’s brains use the senses for learning, interacting, and building kindergarten readiness. There’s no doubt that the sense of sight is a primary sense channel and kids will learn to use their eyes naturally. We can encourage kids to build on what they know and try different activities.
The blog, Fireflies and Mud Pies, had a fun puzzle activity using craft sticks and a picture from an old book. We looked thru some old and new Christmas cards and Big Sister chose one that was brightly colored and cut the back off. Then, she played with the sticks for a few minutes, making a chimney and fireplace.
First, we laid all the sticks in a row and being the grownup, I spread the glue on them. Kids could put the glue all over using a paint brush, but the brush had turned invisible and the white glue got used up making Santa slime. We had to use the glue ready to paste pictures into Christmas cards.
Step 2 was carefully putting the card on the sticks and leaving the project to dry. After lunch, the grownup hands did slice between the sticks using a letter opener. (The scissors were too fat.) Then, it was time to play with the puzzle. Although the picture was fairly simple, this was a challenge because the pieces were all the same shape. There were no clues about what shape matched up with others. At one point, Big Sister realized she had all the pieces in the correct order but part of the picture was upside down. Because there were some extra sticks, we made one for Little Sister too.
This was a fun activity that took a few minutes here and there to create. It didn’t take very long for playing, but it can be done over another time. There was learning value in the playing and the making. Later, the puzzle can be tucked away with the Christmas decorations for next year when it will seem like something new and old at the same time. This was very inexpensive too. Would your child like to make one for a friend?
Today’s sensory play-of-the-day is going for a walk to seek out some learning, fun, and kindergarten readiness. The weather here was lovely and Big Sister, who is 4, was asked to help take pictures of things that we could see. Little eyes are much closer to the ground and some of the photos have things that are almost to small to see! We looked up and down and all around, in the sky and on the ground…
The fruit salad and Little Sister’s pinwheel had lots of colors.
This was a small dog but the ants were even smaller.
The feathers were on the ground and the lilacs were up high.
This fence was very straight but this tree was crooked. It looked like a knee. A tree with a knee–that rhymes.
The bird had a little shadow and we had big ones.
There was even more to see and share. What can you find on a sensory walk for seeing?
Exploring the five senses with your child promotes both brain connections and kindergarten readiness. Every day will have opportunities to develop the sense of sight. Children learn to use their eyes naturally but we can encourage them to build on what they know. Below are some suggestions: Play I Spy, looking for shapes, or colors, or … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Brains Are For Seeing→