I had three rolls of streamers that I was happy to use. Firstly I make a huge mound of the streamers and allowed her to stomp over it. This was a brilliant sensory experience for her because she was using her feel instead of her hands, which I more commonly do. She giggled at the sound of the streamers crushing and because she needed to lift her legs high over the long lengths of streamers she was also developing her gross motor skills. Yay!
If you had preschool or a school aged child you could consider using streamers to help develop skills in mathematics. Here are some ways you could do that –
- Have children build on fine motor skills in their hand and crush the streamers and then mold them into numbers and consider number formation (see above)
- Have children cut the streamers into various lengths and order them from smallest to largest and vise versa.
- Children can also use streamers for informal measuring (using non standard units of measurement)
- Children can learn more about more standard forms of measuring using rules and developing a greater understanding of what is a meter, inch, cm etc.
- Again scrunching the streamers into lengths children can also use them to form letters of the alphabet.
- Focus on letter formation
- Upper and lower case letters (see above)
- Creating their own name in streamers and paste it on paper
- Writing a very long story on a streamer will help writing and reading skills