Shark Week is here, and to celebrate, I put together a fun little shark sensory activity for kids – your kids, my kids, all the kids. Now, just like anything you try to do with children, it’s not going to go as planned. Here are Read It & Reap with Me we preach honest motherhood, so I’m going to tell you how this really went down.
I thought of this and purchased the supplied in advance. Unthinkable. Five points for me.
Then, I remembered to DO the shark sensory activity. Five more points. Unreal.
Now here’s where it gets dicey…
It was 17,000 degrees outside. The sun was blaring down so hard I swear we could have baked cookies on the sidewalk. Tough it out, I thought to myself, but it was too hot. But my house isn’t mom blogger worthy!!! Pfft whatever, it’s too hot outside.
Kids, strategically place yourselves so we can’t see the mounds of papers on the island or the 8 different colors of paint swatches on the wall. Perfect, this might just work.
Now, if you’re thinking, is it really a good idea to put an enormous bowl of water beads on a hardwood floor with children, the answer would be no. Did I do it anyway? Yes.
If you want to try this shark sensory activity at home, here’s what you’ll need:
Before I left for work, I put the water beads in a big bowl of water. They expand A LOT, so go big or go home on that bowl.
It’s really simple, I just put some plastic sharks in the bowl of water beads and let the kids find the specific shark in one of our favorite books, 1,000 Animals from Usborne Books & More. They really enjoyed it!
If you try this at home, would you tell me how it went? Or share a picture on social media and use the hashtag #readitandreapwithme!