Multisensory Gel Board for Drawing and Writing

Senora Schlatter was my Spanish teacher in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. She was amazing and was one of the biggest influences on my own teaching style. 

The first two years, our little Spanish learning group was small, and we learned colors and numbers with a game called Lo Tengo (which was actually Bingo.) We learned the Spanish names for the items in the room with labeled index cards--la silla (the chair), la mesa (the table), el lapiz (the pencil), etc.  It was so much fun to learn Spanish, because Senora Schlatter kept us constantly engaged.  (Learning Spanish that early also helped me a lot in Spanish classes all the way through college.)

But, this post isn't about Spanish.

Flash forward to reading tutor me (and previously, homeschool parent me.)  I have found that keeping kids engaged, the way Senor Schlatter did, is key to keeping them learning.  Multisensory activities enhance memory and learning.



Multisensory Gel Board~anartfulmom.com


I have seen many versions of this gel board online, and I instantly fell in love with it when I saw one.

My preschool and kindergarten phonics students have particularly loved this.  It's a fun way to learn to write letters (or for making fun patterns!)


To make the version in the photo: 


Supplies 


(I found most of these items at the dollar store. I found the foam board and duct tape at a craft store.)

A gallon size zip lock bag 
A piece of foam board, slightly larger than your bag
Hair gel (about 5-6 ounces)
Food coloring
Fun duct tape
Packing tape


Heres what to do:


1.) Cut the foam board into a square, slightly larger than the size of your bag.

2.) Tape the bag to the foam board, on three sides, with the duct tape (before filling it with the hair gel), leaving the top of the bag open. Cover the bag with the clear contact paper, (again, before filling it with the hair gel.)  Be sure not to seal over the top of the bag yet. (Some people will omit the contact paper step, and it will still work if you do.  The contact paper, though, will help decrease the chances of the bag tearing from a fingernail, etc.)

3.) Squeeze the hair gel into the bag, and add a few drops of food coloring. Fill to the edges of the bag, getting the gel into the corners. You basically just want to coat the inside of the bag.

4.) Next, close the bag almost completely, leaving a little corner open for the air to escape, and then gently move the air bubbles up the bag with your hand.

5.) Close the bag completely, and seal the top of the bag with clear packing tape.

5.) Finally, seal the top again with the 4th strip of duct tape.


Notes:

  • For a more portable board, you could use a quart size bag, with a smaller piece of foam board.
  • You could also just make a temporary version of this project, for supervised use, without the foam board. Just fill a zip lock bag with the gel and food coloring, tape the top, and place the bag over a white piece of paper to use.  
  • Also, as you can see in the photo, I didn't wrap the duct tape over the edges of the board, but it would look better if I had! .   
         

How will you use yours?

Linking to:

Create with Joy
Skip to My Lou
Farmhouse 40
The Pin Junkie
The Crafting Nook
Life on Lakeshore Drive
Sew Can Do
Dare to Share
A Pinch of Joy
Intelligent Domestications
LouLou Girls
SITS Recipe and DIY Linky
Hope Studios
Brag About It
OMHG
I Gotta Create
Sweet Sensations
Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine's Corner
Wonderful Wednesday at Marilyn's Treats
Home Matters Linky Party at Life with Lorelai

6 comments

  1. Well that's pretty cool! I have a preschooler. He goes to school four days a week and he's in love with the multisensory items at school. I think he'd do marvelously with this!

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    1. I think he'd love it! I never thought to do this when my own kids were preschoolers!

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  2. I am showing this to my daughter! What a great idea for my two little granddaughters. It sounds like you had such a wonderful teacher so many years ago. You hope that every child has teachers like that, don't you? Thanks so much for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

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    1. Thanks Chloe! It's such a fun, simple thing to make, especially in the simple bag form, yet provides such fun and learning. And, yes, teachers like that are such gems. Thank you for hosting!

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  3. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday. :)

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    1. Thanks Dee! Thanks so much for hosting Merry Monday.

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