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Shaving Foam and ๐Ÿ’งWater ๐ŸŒˆ Beads ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸปSensory Play (Sensorial ๐Ÿ–๏ธ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿ‘…๐Ÿ‘ƒ Activities 101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series ๐ŸŽ‡)

Sensory play is extremely important for children, where they get to explore different mediums such as water, sand, play dough, rice, etc., while stimulating various senses, triggering neuron connectivity and learning through play in the process. Today, we are exploring shaving foam and hydrogels (water beads).  

DSC_0119We are using a 12-pack water beads combo (buy here). Just add water and watch them grow! (See a video of water beads growing here "Sensory Exploration with Hydro Gel โค๏ธ๏ธ Water Beads (Science ๐Ÿ”ฌโš—๏ธโš–๏ธ 101 ๐ŸŽฅSeries ๐ŸŽ‡)."

DSC_0119First, children added food coloring to the shaving foam. 

DSC_0121In about an hour, hydrogels fully expanded, ready to be added to the foamy mix. 

 Through this sensory play exploration a child is stimulating:

  • the tactile sense of๐Ÿ–๐Ÿปtouch by manipulating different feelers and by feeling the texture of the foam and gel beads,
  • the visual sense of ๐Ÿ‘€ sight by discriminating the colorful rainbow array,
  • the olfactory sense of ๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐Ÿปsmell (the shaving foam's fragrance permeated the space),
  • the only sense that was omitted, was the sense of ๐Ÿ‘… taste (neither of the fillers are edible).  

DSC_0119We ended up with a beautiful foamy array of rainbow colors and different textures. 
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During the sensorial work, a child, what Dr. Maria Montessori called:  a "sensorial explorer,"  is able to concentrate on the refinement of all the senses, from visual to stereognostic. Manipulation of different textures and fillers triggers sensory stimulation, which strengthens neuron-connectivity and spurs neuroplasticity (the production of new connections between neurons and new neurons themselves), which in turn increases brain's agility. Also, with sensory bins, the cleanup is minimal since everything is contained in a tray, tub, tin, box, or any other container.

DSC_0135 Sensory play is definitely a favorite here!

For more on Hydrogels, see here a video post "๐ŸŒŠOcean ๐ŸŒ‹Volcano ๐Ÿ’ฆHydroGels Lava Lamp powered by ๐Ÿ’ฅAlka Seltzer (Science ๐Ÿ”ฌโš—๏ธโš–๏ธ 101 ๐ŸŽฅSeries ๐ŸŽ‡)." 

We used red hydrogels in our "๐Ÿ’‰ Inside of the BODY Anatomy Unit Study" - read here

For more on color mixing, read here "๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™โค๏ธPrimary Colors, ๐Ÿ’ฆWater & Paper Capillary Action โŒ›๏ธTimelapse โš—๏ธ Kids Science Experiment (๐ŸŒˆ Rainbow Walking Water)."

For more on sensory bins, see here "โœจThe Universe ๐Ÿ‘‹๐ŸปSensory Bin (๐ŸŒŒCOSMOS Unit Study)." Also, read here "๐ŸŒฝ Corn Sensory Bin with ๐Ÿ”ค Alphabet Letters (Sensorial + Language Activity)," and read here a post "Valentine's inspired Love โค๏ธ๏ธ Sensory Bin," and  here our "Christmas-inspired Shredded Paper Sensory Bin with a Math twist."

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