I've been wanting to introduce my Little Guy to sensory baggies for a while now, but never got around to it. I finally decided to go for it and make an apple theme baggie. My original plan was to just draw an apple on a baggie and fill it with red paint, simple right? Well, of course I had to make it a little more complicated. "How can I turn the baggie into a circle?!"
What you Need:
~ Red Paint
~ A ziplock Baggie
~ 2 Red (or painted red) paper plates
~ Masking Tape (or, even batter, red duct tape!)
~ Green construction paper (for leaf and stem)
Step 1: Cut out the center of 1 paper plate
Step 2: Add red paint to ziplock baggie and zip closed.
Step 3: Fold over top of baggie and masking tape bag closed (just to be sure no paint leaks out
Step 4: Layer the full paper plate, the baggie filled with paint, and the cut paper plate, in that order!
Step 5: Start taping! Fold the baggie that sticks out over the back of the paper plate and tape, tape, tape! Do this all the way around the plate but leave an opening to add a leaf and stem! I taped those in last. The back of my plate is NOT pretty! When I try this again, I'm going to use smaller pieces of tape, I used longer strips and ended up with this disaster.
The finished product!
Little Guy was very curious about this "apple". He had watched me make it and couldn't wait to get his hands on it!
My wheels are already turning on how to evolve this project... stay tuned!
During breakfast this week, I set up a little sensory experience and apple taste test for my Little Guy. I used Gerber Apple Oatmeal & Strawberry Apple Puffs, Mott's Natural Applesauce & Apple Juice, and apple pieces.
Little Guy loved feeling the different textures of the applesauce and oatmeal (I made it on the thick side so it would feel different). He worked his fine motor skills by squishing the different materials and using his fingers to grab and scoop the food into his mouth. He also tried using the spoon to scoop some food into his mouth!
After a few minutes of letting him explore some of the different textures, I added a whole apple into the mix.
Little Guy began his apple exploration by smearing the oatmeal and apple sauce on the apple. He quickly figured out that the apple would fit into the bowls and had to use trial-and-error to get it out. Sometimes he was able to pick it up but other times he couldn't get a good grasp and had to dump it out. While he ate and explored the different materials, I really concentrated on using the vocabulary words "apple", "in", and "out".
We both had such a fun time with this sensory experience and I can't wait to try more with him!
For more Apple Play ideas, check out my Apple Theme Board on Pinterest!