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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

PLAY // Simple Sensory Play Ideas

As a parent, things can often get a little repetitive around the house. Routines quickly develop, especially when the kids have come home from nursery or school and you’ve been on your feet all day; sometimes it’s just easier to put on the TV or hand over the iPad and give yourself a break!

If you're anything like me, the idea of getting out the paints and paintbrushes will fill you with dread - and the thought of having to clean everything up again afterwards, doesn’t sound like much fun either…so, here are a few ideas that will introduce sensory play into your little ones day. The best bit is they’re quick, simple and, most importantly, relatively mess free as well!

What is sensory play? 
Sensory play is often thought of just as messy play, and although lots of sensory play ideas can be messy – it is not just all about messy play but any play involving the senses. Sensory play helps with creativity, problem solving, and supports children’s brain development.

Ocean sensory play 
Bath time can get a little dull, especially if your little one doesn’t enjoy having their hair washed! Fill your bath with water as normal, (if your bath has seen better days then take a look at better bathrooms for some bathroom ideas) as an added option, you could consider purchasing some bath colouring tablets. These are safe to use on children’s skin and dissolve in the water to change the colour safely. Next cook some spaghetti pasta and hey presto! You’ve got creatures from the ocean squirming in your bath! Add some classic ocean themed bath toys for hours of fun.

Sensory bags 
If you’re trying to keep mess to a minimum then take some zip-lock bags, simply fill with coloured hair gel and add coloured bits of paper, buttons stars, plastic letters or anything else that will look fun! Let your child enjoy the squishy feel of hair gel as they explore the bag to collect shapes or draw letters. But don’t fill the bag too much – allow room to fold over the zip-lock bag and tape it securely, just in case your little one manages to open the bag.

A simple treasure hunt 
Ideal for really little ones, a simple box full of shredded or crinkly paper and filled with gold coins makes for a great sensory treasure hunt. Just simply fill an empty and clean lunch box or cardboard box with shredded paper and then add gold coins, buttons or shells and then encourage your child to hunt through the box to find everything. If they’re a little older, then you can make this a fun counting game.

You should always keep your child under close supervision during the assembly and interaction with these sensory activities. Messy-sensory play is important for young children, giving them endless ways to develop and learn. All types of play are essential for children’s development and early learning - it helps them to develop and improve their gross and fine motor skills, co-ordination and concentration. 


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