Sensory awareness goes hand in hand with creativity. While exploring and experiencing with art activities, children are lead on a sensory adventure, developing awareness of texture, temperature and colour. Their curiosity is aroused and this assists children in the growth of many skills including small muscle development, hand eye co-ordination, concentration, to solve problems and to make decisions.
Experiments with art materials can excite even the youngest child’s imagination and promote a sense of great achievement. Encourage children to experiment- they need to know there is no one right way for their art work to look finished. Self expression should be fun. The value of a child’s art lies in the doing not in the end result.
The following messy activity requires little presentation and is guaranteed to be fun, especially enjoyed outdoors; try them during the holidays!
You will need
- 2 packets of cornflour
- 2 cups of water
- Food colouring
- Large plastic container
- Plastic or newspaper to cover the table
- Mix the water and colouring together into the cornflour.
- Then you should have a thick consistency, add extra water if necessary.
- Put on aprons.
- Plunge hands into the goop and feel the consistency .
- Use words to describe the feeling . e.g. sticky, slimy cool etc.
- Enjoy exploring the behaviour of goop, as it runs through the fingers, swirls slowly and has a pleasant, heavy feeling.
- Patterns can be made on the table.