Backdated post for Mar 2014
I try to incorporate Chinese into our daily learning but most of the activities I planned are conducted in English. Since Sweet Butterfly knows counting and colour in English, I wanted to brush up her Chinese in this area too. Am so glad to come across this video from 1+1+1=1 by Carisa. It showed how she introduced various vocabulary to her daughter through sensory play.
I quickly put together a box of pom-poms and bottle caps. I added some ice cube trays, chopsticks, tongs, measuring spoons and empty bottles. This simple set up turned up to be a great hit. It naturally drew Sweet Butterfly in and we played together conversing in Chinese. My goal was met along with some serious fine motor practicing.
She went for the chopsticks immediately.
Learning from the video by 1+1+1=1, I asked her to place the bottle on her nose and ear.
We did sorting of the pom-poms.
Trying to pick the pom-poms with her chopsticks.
I was apprehensive in adding bottle caps into the sensory box as I was not sure how it could be used. She did! She placed a pom-pom on each cap. Some 1-to-1 correspondence here. Eventually, she formed a train. We counted the ‘carriages’ of the train and talked about the colour.
The small medicine bottles were also her favourite. She stuffed the pom-poms in and tried to get them out.
This had became her most loved sensory box. She often asked for it and will play it in various ways.