We love great sensory play. So when I saw these lizards, snakes, and bugs from Gummylump.com, I knew we had to create a swampy sensory play. With a little summer learning mixed in!
I set this up for the kids by scattering a few creatures around our yard, and creating a swamp sensory bin. Complete with mucky water.
When they saw the swamp in our baby pool, they jumped right in! We went on a hunt looking for swampy creatures of all colors.
We had a check list to find creatures of different types and color. These were stuck on to a wipe board with play dough for easy portability around the yard.
Big Sister carried this around as she and Little Guy went on a hunt for swamp creatures. She would mark them off as they found each one. We talked about similarities and differences in the animal types and colors. She loved using a white board marker to write. We worked on her handwriting including letter formation and spacing. Little Guy is a new four year old and counted out each of the lizards, snakes, and bugs he found. He did a great one-to-one correspondence and is getting much better at sloooowing down when he counts objects! This was such a fun outdoor learn and play activity for all of us!
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