Both the preschoolers and the toddlers had so much fun with our jack-o-lantern squish bag that I thought it would be fun to create another to have up for the month of November. This Indian Corn Squish Bag has already gotten a lot of attention this week, and I’m sure the kids will continue to have fun with it throughout the month.
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Indian Corn Fine Motor Activity
Instead of making the squish bag myself I thought Lovey would enjoy being part of the process, so we did the project together. We started by removing some Indian corn kernels. This was a bit challenging at first. Once Lovey figured out which strategy worked best, she was able to remove the kernels more easily, and it was great fine motor practice.
After we thought we had enough corn kernels it was time to put together the squish bags.
Making the Indian Corn Squish Bags
Teach Preschool has an excellent sensory bags post that explains how to put them together and a tip for removing the white writing from the plastic bags. After adding the hair gel and a few drops of yellow food coloring, Lovey added the Indian corn kernels.
She was excited to be the first to test out her squish bag.
After she was done testing it out, I used clear packing tape to seal the edges and then taped the sensory bag to the window so we could see the sunlight shining through. The kids like to stop by throughout the day to look at the light shining through and move the corn kernels around. You could also leave the bag flat on a table for kids to explore. We’ll probably alternate surfaces throughout the month.
More Thanksgiving Fun on Fantastic Fun and Learning
GET A FULL SET OF THANKSGIVING THEME ACTIVITIES
The 159-page Thanksgiving Lesson Plan Set includes hands-on activities and these additional printables:
1) Pumpkin Pie Letter Matching (in color and b/w)
2) Rhyming Turkey Game
3) Turkey Color Sorting Mats (in color and b/w)
4) Turkey Counting Mats 1-20 (in color and b/w)
5) Look at the Turkey Emergent Reader (3 variations)
6) How to Make a Pumpkin Pie Sequencing Cards (in color and b/w)
7) 0-35 Turkey Number Cards (4 variations)
8) Phoneme Segmentation Turkey Activity
9) Thanksgiving Taste Test Recording Sheet (in color and b/w)
10) Thanksgiving Picture-Word Cards (in color and b/w)
11) Thanksgiving Roll and Graph (2 variations, in color and b/w)
Also available on Teachers Pay Teachers.
Even more sensory squish bag inspiration!
Find sensory squish bags for every season here.
Hands-On Holidays eBook
Less stress, more connecting this holiday season? Yes, PLEASE!
From the arrival of fall to Halloween to Thanksgiving and Christmas, the last four months of the year can be a wonderful opportunity for making family memories and spending time together, but they can also be stressful as we try to collect ideas, recipes, and activities to try together.
Stephanie Morgan, founder of Modern Parents Messy Kids, a site that’s been voted Best Craft Blog in Parents Magazine and one of babble.com’s Top 50 Craft Mom Blogs, recently released a new eBook to help us have a little less stress and more time to connect with family this year.
Stephanie’s goal is to make it easier on all of us to enjoy the holidays with our kids. Hands-On Holidays is 100 pages full of her family’s very favorite ways to connect as a family over the holiday season. I love the convenience of having so many ideas in one place, and most of them are simple enough for even my toddler to participate in.
The book includes picture book suggestions, DIY decor, activities, and treats. Bonus sections also offer even more ideas to enjoy. Click here to view more details.
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