Sensory Experiences!

The teachers at The Learning Loft know that as their director, there is no mess too big, no such thing as wasting paint and to encourage the process not the product! Our teachers encourage our students to explore new and interesting sensory experiences everyday…and to create an environment where investigation ad experimentation is encouraged!

Using different types of sponges and cut up pool noodles students explored with paint on paper and wood scraps.

What child doesn’t LOVE slime!?! This is a great way to add new textural and fine motor elements to everyone’s favorite sensory experience! We created this activity using drying racks from the dollar store, homemade slime and scissors.

Race Cars and Paint! This is such a great activity to help bridge the gap for your little ones that love planes, trains and automobiles….and not much else. This is a way to get our little racecar drivers excited about something new in a way that feels inviting, exciting….and speeeeedddyyyy!

Sometimes a REALLY great sensory activity doesn’t have to be messy. Using ziplocks with paint inside on a light table, students who may not be as comfortable with a mess can still enjoy a great sensory experience. Students can use different amounts of pressure to mix colors and practice writing skills.

If you haven’t used Shaving Cream in your classroom, I highly recommend it. Cheap. Clean. And incredibly engaging. Look how fun this activity is! The teachers used Shaving Cream to creative this beautiful heart and then added liquid water colors on top to encourage color mixing and a collaborative sensory experience.

An Emergent Curriculum Study of Tadpoles

When a parent walks into your school with a bowl full of pond water and tadpoles…you have no choice but to investigate the learning possibilities. The teachers of the Bridge Classroom introduced the tadpoles to the students, and than sat back to see which direction the children would take them. This is an emergent curriculum at its finest! The teachers are still planning and preparing activities, however they are following the natural interests of their students! Learning is able to take place in all subject areas and students are naturally invested. Check out our in depth investigation into pond life and tadpoles!