Thursday, 21 March 2013

Bakery Bath Time

 We set up a bakery themed sensory bath. My little girl was delighted. She had so much fun.
While I was running the bath I added a bath bomb which made the bath water turn pink and bubbly.

I cut up carrier bags to make confetti to use as sprinkles. (I used the holey lid that goes on top of  the children's bucket and spade set  to catch these in when I emptied the bath)

I used a empty ice cream tub and filled it with Baking soda mixed with a dot of food colour and a little splash of water to use as icecream or cake mixture. It dissolves as you add more water so it does not clog up the drains) 

I threw in a few bowls and plastic cooking utensils and silicone cake cases.

I mixed shaving foam with a dot of food colour to use as ice cream or cake mixture

I also filled a hand wash bottle with a mixture of water and bubble bath to use as a topping.

I made some ice cream bath stickers out of sheets of foam and stuck them on the side of the bath.

She spent the next hour making cakes and ice creams in her little bakery :)

Sensory activities  build on cognitive development. This is a mental process that includes memory, making decisions, problem solving and understanding language. It is the part of our brain that helps us process information and apply knowledge.

Maths can be applied to count, size, match and sort items into groups. They can grasp a better understanding of full and empty, more or less, and whether things float or sink.

Science concepts are used when predicting outcomes and experimenting with materials such as cause and effect. Children have the opportunity to explore and build a better understanding of gravity and speed.

English and language can also be improved. Children build their hand eye coordination and fine motor skills which are used for holding a pencil to learn how to write when pouring stirring, whisking and manipulating the materials. The activity gives a child a sense of self awe which they want to share. It gives them something interesting to talk to others about because each child will use the materials differently. It builds on their vocabulary as they try to express and share their ideas.

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