• KALE – 20 Ways to Play

    1. Make your own instruments! Place kale pieces into containers and shake them around like maracas! Bonus: Name your band something simple such as “Kale Crew”
    2. Use kale in food art! Make the kale grass or leaves on a tree! 
    3. Place kale into a smoothie! Do a science experiment to slowly add a little bit more and compare the colors as you go! 
    4. Make kale chips! Have your Little help you prep in the kitchen! 
    5. Put together a kale bouquet! Fill a small cup with water and place kale pieces inside together! 
    6. Create your own kale sensory bin! Have your Little practice ripping up pieces and place them into a container. Use toy animals to have a pretend farm!
    7. Have a kale race! Use kitchen tongs, a chip clip, or a clothespin to pick up a piece of kale and race it to the other side of the kitchen! 
    8. Play hide and seek! Take a large piece of kale and hide it around! 
    9. Put together a sensory bottle with kale! Fill a bottle up with water, kale pieces, and other ingredients of your choosing such as other greens or even food coloring! 
    10. Use kale pieces as paint brushes! Paint with dips or other condiments! Hold the brush in your hands or even between your teeth for a silly time! 
    11. Have a kale boat race! Place the kale in a bin of water and practice blowing your boats to the other side! Bonus: this gets your Little up close and personal with kale! 
    12. Have a kale car wash! Get out the toy cars and scrub them with kale for a pretend play activity! 
    13. Be a kale scientist! Make a hypothesis about how many kale pieces it takes to build a certain height of a tower or reach a certain weight on a food scale! 
    14. Kale Blankets: Make kale blankets and pretend putting little toys to sleep by singing “rock a bye baby”
    15. Silly Faces: Challenge each other to make the silliest kale faces/disguises! Use kale as unicorn horns, silly mustaches, long noses, and more! 
    16. Make kale jewelry! Grab out some string and tear up a few pieces of kale leaves! String the leaves to make a bracelet or necklace. 
    17. Design your own kale sensory bottle: Take an old water bottle and fill it with water and kale pieces plus any other fun ingredients of your choosing like food coloring, glitter, mini toys, and more! 
    18. Read a book with your magical kale pointer! Tell your Little(s) that it’s story time and they can use a magical green pointer to answer questions! Have your Little point out characters or vocabulary with the kale tip
    19. Remix a song! Try out “if you’re happy and you know it, clap your kale!” 

    Lastly, serve the kale. They may not eat it, but remember a little bit on the plate goes a long way for exposure!

  • Winter Sensory Fun ❄️

    ❄️ Simple sensory fun coming your way! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    1️⃣ Real snow! Scoop some up in a bucket, container, or even into the bathtub for some easy fun! In a warm climate?? (we’re jealous!) Use cotton balls or styrofoam packaging as your fake snow! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    2️⃣ Holiday scents! Snag cranberries, cinnamon sticks, fresh pine for a sensory experience to engage the nose! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    3️⃣ Freeze those water beads for a pretend icy winter wonderland! Try freezing beads that you’ve already had out/used. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    4️⃣ Use shaving cream for fake snow! Bonus: work on fine letter/number recognition and production by practicing writing in the snow! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    5️⃣ Try an edible sensory experience by using white cooking frosting as snow! Have it “snow” on graham crackers, strawberries, or even bananas! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    💡 Pro-tip: Try using a kiddy pool or baby bath tub for easy sensory fun clean up! ⠀

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