I mentioned this last week, but J is still really into shaking out spices these days. “Shake shake Mamma?” is heard any time I get close to the kitchen. So, again, I’m tapping into that want by setting up a fun activity for him.
It was super simple to set up, and J had so much fun with it. Albeit, he played with it in a totally different way than I expected, but he still had fun.
I simply filled some dollar store salt and pepper shakers with colored sand. I have him a piece of paper, paint, and a paint brush and let him go.
He painted a bit…
and shook a lot of sand.
The painting turned out to be very pretty. It is colorful and sparkly from the sand. I bet it would look very pretty with an older child’s paintings too.
Sounds simple, but that’s not how J played with it at all! It was more like this!
We had sand EVERYWHERE! Really it turned out to be more of a sensory activity than artwork. But, that’s ok, it’s his time to create!
He loved running his fingers through the sand. Hey, who doesn’t like the feeling of sand between their fingers?
Halfway through, he asked for a “poon”. He spent the rest of the time scooping sand with a spoon to fill back up the shakers. I was surprised that he got so much sand back in those shakers!
This was a seriously fun activity that is turned out to be great not only for creativity, but for dexterity and all sorts of motor skills. Plus, it was an amazing sensory experience for J!