My boys love getting messy. They love digging, sprinkling, eating, pulling-apart; you name it, they like it!
I love doing sensory activities with them. I have two very different children, so I do it for two very different reasons.
My 3yo is a Sensitive Child. He has a heightened sense of smell. Textures effect him. He is beyond aware of other children’s emotional cues and anxieties. I do alot of sensory activities to help him with some of his sensitivities so he can cope as an independent human being, especially ready for school next year. I like him to explore smells and textures he likes and doesn’t like. I want him to understand that there’s nothing to be anxious about regarding a smell or texture that isn’t to his liking.
My 2yo is not sensitive. He just absolutely loves mess! Edible mess is his favourite! I want him to be able to explore through the only way he knows how; by making a mess, by eating, by licking, by breakimg things up etc.
Sensory play takes priority in this house over housework and errands. I believe it is so important.
This is just a quick post to show you whay we did today.
Today we simply played with some water cubes. We ordered them quite cheaply from Ebay. We explored the dehydrated cubes and then we soaked them overnight. They were so excited to see the results the next day!
I set the water cubes out for them in a bowl of water with some splodges of shaving foam, and some plastic sea creatures. They really enjoyed it. Sebsory and imaginative play!
After an hour my 3yo added some fake grass and a few dragons. He declared it “Dragon iceage time!”.
For our pre-dinner activity I filled a plastic crate with fake grass, Asda cornflakes, dinosaurs, farm animals, and a few toy soldiers and accessories (to get my 3yo engaged). I knew cereal play would entice them.
My boys adored this cereal play. We had so much fun. We made the dinosaurs stomp loud and quiet. We rescued stranded animals. We made a mountain for the soldiers.
We buried the dinosaurs and then my 2yo excavated them with his spade.
My boys really enjoyed this simple cereal play activity. My 2yo enjoyed eating it too!
Give it a go; minimal setup, minimal cost, priceless fun!
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