Every weekend I try to make a plan of activities for the coming week to start on Monday.
I start with the gauging what my child is interested in (using the “My Child This Week” sheet of the free weekly planner). I fill one out for each of my kids and what they’re into at the moment. I use this as my guide to plan our activities accordingly.
With each of my kids’ interests, I brainstorm 7 activities to do that week. I jot them down on the simple ‘Activities To Do This Week’ planner.
Below is a sample week of sensory activities.
Monday: Create a sensory bag with hair gel in a baggy. Add other small objects, such as googly eyes or sequins, if desired. Tape it to the window to explore in the sunlight. Supplies: gallon size baggy (2 to double bag it), hair gel, small craft items (nature, sequins, googly eyes), tape
Tuesday: Mix 2 cups flour with 2/3 cup oil to make cloud dough! Play with it like wet sand, mold it any way they like! Supplies: oil (baby, vegetable, etc), flour or cornflour
Wednesday: Have a water play day! Set out tubs of water with some scoops to transfer water back and forth. Add color to the water if you’d like. Supplies: tubs or buckets, water, food coloring (optional)
Thursday: Spread flour on a baking sheet to explore! Move the flour around or try writing and making lines. Supplies: flour, baking sheet or tray
Friday: Make sensory foam with dish soap and a little bit of water and food coloring in a food processor. Put on a tray to explore! Supplies: dish soap, water, food processor or blender, baking sheet or tray
Saturday: Go on a scavenger hunt around the yard to explore textures. Can you find something that’s bumpy? Supplies: bucket or basket (optional)
Sunday: Fill plastic jars 2/3 with water and some dish soap. Add food coloring and glitter! Seal the lid on with glue and shake, shake, shake! Supplies: large plastic jars with lids, dish soap, water, food coloring (optional), glitter (optional), super glue