I mean wow. That was supposed to be a dough. It was the biggest mess ever.
The boys, of course, LOVED IT!!! Still, never again.
Then I pulled out my trusty My Father's World book and obeyed their ideas.
We sang "Oh Be Careful Little Eyes what you see.. Oh Be Careful Little Ears what you hear... Oh be careful little tongue what you say.... Oh be careful little hands what you do...".
I had to explain that we don't have to sing "Oh be careful little nose what you smell" as that does not get us into trouble. (Yes, he asked. - I love his questions).
We did our worksheets each day....
We read lots of library books on our senses.
Sid the Science kid and Magic School Bus were added for fun.
Each day we focused on a different sense. First Day was touch.
Our touch activity was to put a variety of textured items in a bag and feel them one at a time. The child then tries to identify the item before looking at it.
They had so much fun, that they found their own items for each other to guess.
We also did, as our book suggested, and tickled each other to make them laugh. Then try to tickle yourself. It doesn't work! (my kind of science experiment)
For hearing activities, I played sound effects on the computer and Tobin guessed what they were (closing door, crumpling paper, dog barking, baby crying,etc....).
We then made maracas and the boys enjoyed beating on different size pots to make music.
I put ten objects in front of the kids. I had them say out loud what each item was, then he closed his eyes and tried to remember the items. They could only remember two or three items. We need our eyes!
We talked about how hard it would be to be blind, and we looked at Braille.
We also talked about things that we cannot see, like angels!
I put different cooking/food items in little medicine cups for the boys to smell and identify (Lemon juice, orange juice, cinnamon, pepper, garlic, coffee, nutmeg).
I used the same little cups and had them taste different things with their eyes closed. (sugar, salt, lemon, orange, pickle, chocolate powder ). They made some pretty awesome facial expressions, but I didn't take any pictures of that.
Then I said (from book) "Did you know that God says His laws are sweeter than honey? (Ps 19:7-11)
(Tobin made the *you are absolutely insane* facial expression.)
"We can't really taste God's rules or laws, But God says that his laws are so good, that they are better than honey. Honey is sweet and good, but God says his law is better. When we obey God, we are greatly rewarded."
Tobin then got a spoonful of honey:). That is his *I am in heaven* facial expression:
The words to remember for this unit are "God made us WONDERFUL!" We read Genesis about God making the first people, and also talked about how God made us wonderful before we were even born (Psalm 139). What a special and important message for each and everyone to know. We watched the ultrasound video of when Tobin was 20 weeks unborn, and laughed that he had hiccups and was waving to the camera. BEFORE HE WAS BORN!!! Still amazes me that such a wonderful human being grew inside of me. The miracle of life is just that...a. miracle!
My wonderful boys...
We ended the unit with a sensory dough that turned out great! (we even did some measuring math)
Apple Cider Playdough SMELLS awesome!
Making the dough, and playing with it required a lot of our touch senses.
Especially when we added these awesome antique stamps from their Great-Grandpa:
Listening to the boys talk about each step of making it, laughing as they played, and reading the words out loud that they made turned this into a hearing activity too.
Oh, and we can't leave out taste:
We learned that just because something smells good, does not mean it tastes good. It had lots of salt!
Hope that wasn't sensory overload to anyone who read this far! This was a unit with endless possibilites, and it was difficult to stop. Tobin actually wanted to read and see the pictures inside our ears and eyes, and I can see that he is drawn to all things science. Jonah is all about making a mess, so he loved the activities too. So thankful that God makes messy things beautiful!