This was so much fun it deserves it own post. After watching the first part of David Attenborough’s THE BLUE PLANET I set up an ocean sensory tub for my littlest homeschooler. (click link for where to buy DVD)
Who are sensory tubs great for? Children with visual processing difficulties. Children with speech delay/difficulties. Anyone who wants to have bit of fun. Younger children. Older children (see my note at the end about what my grade 5 boy used the tub for.
Because of his tough start in life, Darius has some learning difficulties and delays including visual processing difficulties. Basically, Daz finds interpreting visual information challenging. Darius needs his whole body to be involved in his learning in order to retain learning and make links between prior knowledge and new information. He is what you might call a kinaesthetic learner. He learns best by involving his whole body with as many sense as possible to experience his world. (Click link for more information about kinaesthetic and tactile learners)
What you need:
- blue jelly (we used five boxes
- large shallow plastic container
- sand, shells, plastic ocean animals etc.
- rocks big enough to divide the sand area from the blue jelly ocean
What to do? This is open ended play. Darius enjoyed getting his hands stained blue from the jelly and moving the animals all about. To add to the experience I asked his to use the animals to show me some of what he had seen in the Blue Planet DVD. Darius also made up stories about the animals to tell me.
The surprise for me: Cyrus, my grade 5 student, also loved this. He used the tub to create a little mini documentary of what he had seen on the DVD. I filmed the documentary on my iPhone, which was a giggle in itself. I could see the gaps in his knowledge about the animals, but we have only just started learning about the oceans, and this also gave me great insight into what he does and doesn’t understand yet. He also had a lot more questions about the oceans after creating his own little doc and is keen to go and research these for himself.
Also. This is just plain fun. And fun is an end in itself. No further educational aims required. Enjoy. If you try this I’d love to know what your kids got out of it. Other than blue hands. Warning; they will get blue hands. It washes off in the shower 🙂
Have fun! Love Gone Wild Homeschool. xx