Each week, Amy and Polly plan a storytime around a theme, but did you know their plans also incorporate learning, exploration, and play that involves all of the senses?
Here’s the invitation to the storytime for August 3rd, which illustrates the breadth of our storytime experience:
We all know how kids love mud! Seeing dirt and water transform to create a whole new substance always engages them. Children have different tolerances for touching ooey gooey stuff though. Their threshold for sensory stimulation depends on their experience of sensation.
Cue getting clean! It can be just as fascinating and fun as getting dirty, so this week at story time we’ll be exploring with our senses in a familiar way – washing up! We’ve got stories about dirty laundry, dirty dogs, dirty trucks, and dirty kids to read aloud or for you to check out.
During playtime we’ll be up to our elbows in suds (with some mud on the side, since getting clean is more fun when you’re dirty). We hope your kids will bring something that they’d like to transform from dirty to clean, whether that’s a truck, a doll, some plastic animals or laundry!
We look forward to getting clean with all of you this Tuesday at 10:30 behind the library!
Amy and Polly
P.S. Megan Fitzgerald, the founder of Tinkergarten, describes kids’ varied experience with sensory activities this way:
Imagine your child has an internal sensory cup that is right-sized for them. That cup fills up the more sensory stimulation they experience. If your child’s cup is large, it takes a lot of stimulation to get full (i.e., rolling in the mud vs. touching the mud; jumping off a log vs. a quick hop). If that cup is small, even a relatively small amount of sensory input can overflow the cup and lead to an overwhelming experience. For example, my middle child’s cup is quite large, and he nearly always comes back from our neighboring farm covered in mud. My oldest, however, has a much smaller cup and has worked over the years to make friends with mud, still preferring to use tools as intermediaries during mud play.
How can the sensory cup metaphor help us support kids? This metaphor in particular helps us step back and observe our children’s unique approaches to sensory inputs. When we start to gauge the size of their “sensory cup,” we start to leave space for their needs as a learner, and we tend to give them more agency to direct their own sensory play.
Here’s more fantastic information about Supporting Sensory Development in Kids