Preschool Sensory Activities

Use these preschool sensory activities to help your preschooler explore with their sense of smell and touch

"When I approach a child, he inspires me in two sentiments; tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become."
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Playing with and squishing this apple sauce dough is great for gross motor hand skills, is lots of fun, and your preschoolers will love the smell!

Applesauce Cinnamon Dough

1/2 cup cinnamon
1/2 cup applesauce(thick/not chunky)
1 plastic ziplock sandwich bag

Pour cinnamon and applesauce into ziplock bag. Seal bag and knead until mixture turns to dough. Allow your dough creations to air dry for 12 hours or until hard. Suggestion: Use cookie cutters to make really great, very fragrant tree ornaments,or air fresheners. Roll out dough between two sheets of wax paper. Don't roll out too thin(roll out dough to 1/4 to 1/2 inch in thickness).

Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and use a staw to poke a hole in the top for threading a string through for hanging up.

At this point you can let them dry naturally for a few days, turning them a few times or you can bake them at a low temperature(175 F) for one to two hours.

After the shapes are dry, they can be decorated with sparkles or acrylic paint. You can find cinnamon at a much cheaper price at dollar stores. We've used these ornaments for Christmas tree decorations, freshening dresser drawers, tying to gifts, or hanging up either outside or inside for a lovely fragrance.

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Guess the Object

Fill a paper bag with a variety of small items. Have your child reach into the bag and touch and feel an item and guess what the object is without looking. Some examples could be a small ball, a pinecone, a crayon, a favorite toy, a book, etc.

Flour Finger paint

Finger painting with the colors of Autumn:yellows, reds, browns and oranges, or with the colors of spring: pastels. Here is a homemade recipe for finger paints:

1 cup flour
2 Tbsp salt
1 1/4 cups hot water
1 1/2 cups cold water
food coloring

Mix the flour, salt and cold water in a saucepan. Beat the mixture with a whisk or hand beater until smooth. Add the hot water and boil it until the mixture is thick. Beat until smooth. Add food coloring to add color. Store this in an airtight container in the fridge.

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