Sensory Fun Play with Little Hands & Me in Saskatoon

Today is Friday FunDay!

As I am writing this blog, the sun is shining on me and I am so warm. Spring and Easter are just around the corner. Here is a fun spring sensory bin that can be easily created in your home.

What ASL signs can be used for play and exploration of this sensory bin?

easter bin

 
This bin is filled with shredded paper and plastic eggs (different sizes) allowing for increased brain development and fine motor skill improvement. The paper could be tempting for some children to put in their mouths. However, as ALWAYS, sensory play is well supervised parenting time! 

Friday Funday!

Each Friday we will be blogging fun activities! I am very excited for this weekly activity. This week, Miss K is playing with a Valentine’s Day sensory bin. This promotes much learning including: colour recognition, fine motor skills, brain development and of course language development. As parents, we can use the signs “in/out”, “up/down”, “colours”, and “touch”. Let’s see your sensory bins below!

Tiny Tots Sensory Baby Class in Saskatoon

We have just one space remaining in our Tiny Tots Sensory in Saskatoon! This is our last space in our winter 2016 program. Thank you.

This is a class all about play and sensory based learning! We will explore sensory play through various sensory baskets, bins, scarves, ribbons, balls, bubbles and other items while supporting this learning though various signs. The sign language learning will be minimal as the focus will be on whole child development and sensory learning. This class will include music and movement activities!

beach ball fun

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Price: $55 which includes for the 4 week class of 50 minutes, and graduation certificate.

Please note there is no requirements for this class. However, the ASL signs learned will be minimal as the focus is of the tiny tots sensory class.

Invitation to Play!

This past week’s classes we were discussing the importance of play and exploration. A conversation came up regarding a type of play called invitations to play, or invitations for learning, or play exploration. I thought that this would be a good topic for this week’s blog.

What is an Invitation to Play?

This is an intentional and planned collection of materials that a parent/caregiver prepares and sets up with which a child plays and explores. Invitation to play is an open invitation for a child to use as they desire. This can be a sensory basket, organized colour bins, paint daps, and much more.

block sensory bin

Kaila is exploring sensory balls in a pit. She is learning colours, shapes, patterns and different feels of the objects.

 

How Children Learn?

Children are sensory learners. This means that children learn though: tasting, touching/feeling, seeing, hearing and smelling. Parents can encourage child’s learning by setting up an invitation to play, watch their child explore and then begin to talk and sign with their child.

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Sorting play. This invitation to play can be used as colour sorting or item sorting based on child’s need to explore and discover

How can you use American Sign Language signs during play?

There are three main ways to learn: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Using sign language with your child allows for all three types of learning. Your child is learning though their visual (sight) by seeing the sign. Auditory learnings see their parents use the American Sign Language signs while saying the English word. Kinesthetic learners move their hands to communicate before they are able to express themselves through language.

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Colour and shape recognition invitation to play.

If you provide your child with an egg carton filled with 6 different coloured plastic eggs. You many watch your child explore “opening” and “shutting” the container, they may take the eggs “in” and “out”. A child’s learning is supported by their parents/caregivers. When you see a child begin to explore, act like a broadcaster saying what the child is doing while signing key words. For example “Elijah, you took the yellow egg out of the container and put in the blue egg”. (ASL signs that maybe used are in bold).

Another idea is a winter sensory basket. This can filled with “white” cotton balls, “blue” pom poms, snowflakes, snowmen. As a parent, you can have an idea of how your child will play with these times. You may want to have them practice fine motor skills and provide a shovel and pot or have them feel the different textures of the pom poms, cotton balls and the hard plastic snowflakes. An example of signing and talking: “Those soft balls are blue, the white balls feellike fluff. Can you put the ball in the pail? Oh, you took the ball out!

What to Remember About Invitations to Play?

All types of sensory play, invitations to play and play exploration is well supervised time. There can be many choking hazards in this type of play. This does not mean it is not safe, it means that parents have to be engaging in play with the child to ensure safety.

Examples of Invitations to Play!

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Sensory bin focused on fine motor skills

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This invitation to play was set up to show the difference between soft and hard toys. As everyone can see, climbing on the basket was much more fun.

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Playing with hand crafted stones- focused on shape sorting fromhttp://www.artinstones.com/

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Pattern play with natural rocks from http://www.artinstones.com/

Cyber Monday for Mom and Baby in Saskatoon

For today only, when a family registers for a new class they will receive a My Smart Hands flash card set! This will be either the alphabet or everyday words, depending on availability. This is a value of $15!

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To Register:

https://mysmarthandssaskatoon.com/class-registration-form/Level I Class

*cyber monday special is non-transferable, refundable or to be combined with any other promotions.

My Smart Hands™ Level I These classes are 8 weeks in length. You will learn over 100 signs to use with your child. These sessions allow for more review, discussions, songs and practice of signs. Classes are 45 minutes in length and are created for parents/ caregivers and babies. In a playful, educational and language-rich environment, caregivers and children will build their American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary through instruction, interactive games and songs. You will learn recommended first signs; we will discuss the benefits of using ASL with infants and demonstrate easy techniques for successfully integrating signs into everyday life. Some of the ASL vocabulary covered for this age group includes: everyday words, family, food, animals, emotions, opposites, bed time and play signs.

Level II Class

These classes are designed for graduates of My Smart Hands™ Level I class or for infants with basic ASL comprehension. In level II you will learn over 120 signs to use with your child. Classes are 6 weeks and 45 minutes in length. We will review signs learned in My Smart Hands™ Level I and continue to build our signing vocabulary. Weekly themes covered in class include: people, food, animals, emotions, opposites, weather and color signs. All of our classes include a full color MSH™curriculum book. The books have pictures of the signs learned along with descriptions for easy reference long after the class is over!

Tiny Tots Sensory

This is a class all about play and sensory based learning! We will explore sensory play through various sensory baskets, bins, scarves, ribbons, balls, bubbles and other items while supporting this learning though various signs. The sign language learning will be minimal as the focus will be on whole child development and sensory learning. This class will include music and movement activities!

Messy Makers

This class focuses on learning, creating a mess and exploring an environment! Together, children and their parents will learn through messy play each week. These activities may include and not limited to: painting with condensed milk, cooked spaghetti bins, apple sauce, whipped cream, play dough, moon sand, cloud dough, jello and more! There will also be concepts brought in to focus on whole child development which includes: cognitive, language, social/emotional and physical areas.

Christmas Sensory Bin

Play is very important for a child’s development. In play, they are exploring their world! Littles are learning how things move, how they can use their motor skills, working on language development and of course assists with their imagination. Play is a child’s work! christmas Sensory BinHere Mr. E and Miss K are playing with a Christmas themed sensory bin. Inside there are ribbon bows, string of beads, pom poms, bells, snowflakes and bamboo spoons!

While Mr. E is very good at this type of play, we need to carefully monitor Miss K while she explores. Often the phase “out of your mouth” is signed and spoken.

 

Remember that sensory based learning time is well supervised time!

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Warmly,

Tanya Myrfield-Wolfe BSW, RSW, Certified Baby Sign Language Instructor and Parent Educator.

 

 

Tiny Tots Sensory Mom and Baby Class Saskatoon

This is a class all about play and sensory based learning! We will explore sensory play through various sensory baskets, bins, scarves, ribbons, balls, bubbles and other items while supporting this learning though various signs. The sign language learning will be minimal as the focus will be on whole child development and sensory learning. This class will include music and movement activities!

beach ball fun

class 2

Price: $55 which includes for the 4 week class of 50 minutes, and graduation certificate.

Please note there is no requirements for this class. However, the ASL signs learned will be minimal as the focus is of the tiny tots sensory class.

Learning Baby Sign Language Through Colour Sensory Bin – Mom and Baby Classes Saskatoon

colour sensory bin

In Level II, My Smart Hands, we learn about colours and opposites! To assist learning the ASL colour signs we learn through sensory based learning opportunities.
Here is one of our colour and opposites bins. Together, the moms and babies explore the shapes, feelings and colours of the objects. This educational bin promotes: cognitive development, fine motor skills, and language development.

sensory play

Welcome to My Smart Hands Saskatoon. Together, moms and babies, learn to communicate through ASL signs while using fun and educationally rich child development activities.
Here Miss K is playing with moon sand. This activity helps to strength fine motor skills, and language skills while experiencing sensory based play.