Hi everyone! Caitlin here on the blog this week to share some simple sensory play ideas with you.
As more and more of us are staying home with our kids during the COVID19 pandemic, I hope you can use a few ideas from here to pass the time and bring some smiles.
What is Sensory Play?
Sensory play is any activity that engages different senses. It is common to think of touch for sensory play but there are lots of other aspects as well. It’s a great way to build brains of all ages and can include any activity that involves touch, smell, sight, sound, or taste.
Now I’d like to share a few of my favourite activities that you can do with your little!
The easiest way to create something sensory stimulating for your little is sensory bins. You can use any size bin or bucket you have and fill it with anything that has an unusual texture.
Some great options for your bin include:
- Dried foods like corn, rice, or beans
- Water with some soap or food colouring for added fun
- Store bought options like slime and orbeez.
You can hide small toys in whatever you choose and provide a few smaller containers for dumping.
Aileen enjoying a small sensory bowl of Orbeez and a GIANT sensory bin of corn.
Looking for something with a little less mess? Keep it simple and use a large ziploc bag filled with hair gel or paint and beads and sealed with duct tape is a great choice. Little hands can squish the bag all day with little risk of making a mess!
Or, if you’re feeling crafty and looking for something long lasting, grab some scrap craft supplies and make one of these cute themed bags!
Choosing different textured food and allowing your child to explore and get messy is another great option. Carving pumpkins, and using fingers to explore what us boring adults would normally use a spoon for is great for little minds.
So often kids are made to focus on producing a craft – something an adult imagined that they are meant to copy. Take time to give your kids the chance to create without rules. Finger painting, playdough, stickers, colouring, glue, anything goes!
There is good old fashioned banging on the pots and pans, but you can also make your own shakers! An old bottle filled with rice and beads makes a great sensory toy to hear and watch.
If you’re worried about your kids eating any of their sensory play things, be sure to watch closely or try one of these safe and edible options!
Stir 1 can sweetened, condensed milk and 1 tbsp cornstarch over low heat until thickened. Remove from heat, and add food colouring as desired. Let cool and enjoy! Can be stored sealed in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Heat 2 cups marshmallows and 2 tsp coconut oil on high in the microwave, about 30 seconds. Add food colouring as desired. When marshmallows have cooled enough to touch, begin kneading in cornstarch 2 tbsp at a time until thick dough forms. Store in a sealed bag.
In this uncertain time, lets focus on our health and families. There is always time for education, but our kids are only little for so long. Lets focus on what really matters, its more than ABCs and 123s.
What are you doing these days to keep your kids busy and happy? Share down below!