Our children in the Mini Charmer's Preschool class had a great time with this glue and salt art activity. I love this multi-sensory activity, but not as much as the kids do! First, they squeeze glue into any shape onto card stock paper. Then they cover the glue with salt. The grown ups shake off the extra salt and then the children use droppers to drop paint (we use water and food coloring) onto the salt. The color "drives" up the salt path, which is fun to watch.
Our gym activity was a new "treasure hunt" game. The kids were divided into 3 teams. Each team had to find the same number of cones, gingerbread mean and round shapes. These items were hiding in the gym. It was fun to watch the kids count (they had to have the exact number of each item to win), to see who ended up to be the "counter", the item seekers, and the mediators.
Welcome to our 2nd year of summer camps at Learning Charms! We are excited about our camps and another fun summer!
All of our camps max out at 15 campers (with "My Kindergarten Friends" maxing 20) with a ratio of at least 1 staff to each 5 kids. Each camp has ample play in our 1,000 square foot gym each day. Some themes for this year include: Kooky Pens and Smencils (handwriting), Recycled Art and Green Thumbs (art /composting/gardening), Camp PLAY, Sensational Speech (led by speech therapist), Fancy Little Girls' Camp (all girls! crafts/arts), Fancy Letter Girls' Camp, Fine Motor Madness (crafts/arts/fine motor/gross motor fun), and more!
Remember that camps will close once we have registered 15 campers, so be sure to register now and get in on the fun!
As far as summer seems to be from us, this is the time that I start putting together the curriculum and schedule for our 2nd year of summer camps at Learning Charms.
Camp Schedule and registration will be available on February 1st. Camps will begin in early June this year. Campers will enjoy our new gym springboard, balance beams, obstacle courses, and trampoline.
Returning camp themes will include: handwriting (manuscript and cursive), Fine Motor Madness (crafty focus to explore and improve fine motor skills), Fancy Letter Girls' Camp (journaling, friendship bracelets, crafts--rising 3rd-5th girls), and Sensational Speech (speech therapist led). Some newbie camps include: Little Fancy Girls' Camp (rising K-2nd), Recycleable crafts and green thumbs, and more.
OT Rating: 4.5 Stars
I am in love with Funfusion beads all over again. These are a great fine motor activity for kids aged 4 years and up (or younger, if you buy the new "biggies"). You can buy an assortment of pegboard shapes, and beads (see the new glow in the dark to the left).
Your child puts one bead on each peg and then a grownup covers it with wax paper and irons it for several seconds and WOW, you have a fun project!
Skills this activity works on: fine motor, dexterity(lots of that), color discrimination, eye hand coordination, visual motor, visual perceptual, and pincer grasp.
What I really like as a parent: they are pretty inexpensive and offer a fun and non-threatening way to make art. Even my 5 year old son LOVES them! Tip: Lay a sheet under work area so it is easier to clean up the tiny beads.
Where to buy: Michaels- Use your 40% off coupon!
About the blogger: Stephanie Wick is a pediatric occupational therapist that founded and is lead O.T. at Learning Charms.
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