Let’s paint and shave a Dinosaur through fun sensory play for preschoolers and kindergartners to promote motor control and hand-eye coordination while expressing creativity. [Video Tutorial and Free Dinosaur Template are included.]
Paint and Shave Dinosaur sensory play craft will promote many essential developmental skills while fostering creativity in your child. Besides working in a coordinated manner, following a multi-step process, and building motor skills, a child is learning color mixing in a fun and creative way. Most importantly, they explore their creativity while engaging in sensory play!
Here is the list of supplies you will need to make a Shave Dinosaur sensory play craft:
First, print the Dino Watercolor Paint_Shave Craft pdf on a heavy card-stock.
Then, cut out the dinosaur.
Next, glue the dinosaur cut-out on cardboard. (I am using a frozen pizza insert.)
After that, tape the entire surface. Make sure to overlap the tape’s edges a little to prevent the color from leaking into the paper/cardboard.
Next, squirt shaving foam into an ice tray or what ever you decide to use.
Laslty, add a drop of the yellow, blue, and green coloring to the shaving foam and mix well.
Offer a child to “paint” the dinosaur with shaving foam, matching the colors on a printable. Then, once a child paints the entire dinosaur, offer a cardboard piece or an expired credit card to “shave” the dinosaur ~ to remove all the shaving foam.
Skills At Play
When the brain and hands work together in a coordinated manner. With this craft, a child learns to coordinate the information received through the eyes to control, guide, and direct the hands in the accomplishment of a given task.
Fine Motor Control
When children exercise small hand muscles by transferring, smearing, tonging, pinching, wiping, threading, etc., they develop the strength, dexterity, and control needed to manipulate many everyday items such as a pencil, spoon, button, scissors, zippers, and more.
Creative Expression through Crafting
Children are innately very curious and imaginative, so providing a thoughtful, stimulating, prepared environment with lots of opportunities for artistic exploration will naturally spur creativity and self-expression.
With this craft, a child is also learning color mixing. For example, blue + yellow pigment yields the color green.
Have you tried Shave Dinosaur Sensory Play? Leave a comment if you did!
For More Sensory Play:
See here Panda Small World Lentils Play Tray.
For Sensory Bins and Play Tray:
See here Frog LifeCycle Sensory Bin.
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