Our First Sensory Play Blog

Hello!

Welcome to our first sensory play blog.

We can start to share some tips and ideas that you will find useful or that will build on some ideas that you already have for sensory play with your little (and not so little!) ones.

Usually at one of our setups we provide a unique sensory experience for your children to play in.

Of course with us being on lock down, that’s just not possible, so we’re putting together a few sensory play ideas for you to do at home.

Sensory Play, with flowers

Sensory Play using artificial flowers and lentils create DIY sensory experience.

I often find that as I’m setting up a play area, that I think of lots of things that I could change or add for next time but then that’s the beauty of sensory play- there is no right or wrong way to do it, and often you can use whatever you have to hand in the cupboards or you can get most of the things you need really cheaply.

Don’t be afraid to chuck any toys in …dinosaurs, building blocks, plastic tea sets, spoons, sticks, fish (plastic…not real!!) etc. ….get creative, have fun with it and see what happens. At the end of the day, most toys (and children) are washable so it really won’t matter if they get a bit of shaving foam on them or a building block gets covered in hair gel. The only thing to watch out for is if you are using food colouring or paints as some of them can stain toys (so you may want to be a little selective about what you put in with these) and of course, they can stain fingers and hands….so unless you want to walk around with green fingers (and we are not talking of the gardening variety!) then you may want to be a little more careful with these.

Use toys & more in your sensory bin

The last thing to mention, is that you should supervise play – particularly if you have a baby at the stage where they like to put things in their mouths… of course this can be the case for older children too and be careful that they don’t put hair gel near their face or eat the dried rice (rice is very precious at the moment and apart from the choking hazard, you have done so well in actually managing to have some in your cupboard at this moment in time, the last thing you want is for it to be dangerous!). 

That being said, if you are anything like me, you won’t be able to resist joining in with the sensory, play and the children might have to tussle with you for a spoon or a plastic cup because, let’s face it, there’s a big kid hidden inside most of us and there has never been a better opportunity to just play and make the most of this unprecedented time we have with our children, as its these positive, fun memories that we want them to take forward in to the future (and us grown -ups need that too!)

Have fun!

Elizabeth Taylor, Education Director.

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