I am totally loving being part time this year! I feel a little squeezed from Monday to Wednesday (my colleagues joke that I have a crazy hour Wednesday evening where I run around trying to get everything done and sending a million emails) but……. come Thursday, I feel relaxed and am enjoying spending lots of time with my little people. For the last few weeks, I’ve tried setting up Orla and Archie with a simple activity for them to do on their own (like painting for Orla or drawing for Archie) but this has rarely gone well. Archie (who is 17 months) wants to do whatever 4 year old Orla is doing and often ends up messing up her game or climbing all over her picture!
So last weekend, we did some messy play together and this worked well – even Elodie (aged 9) and Finlay (aged 6 )joined in!) So, I thought I’d post some of our favourite Sensory Play ideas that are quick and easy to set up – oh! and tidy up too! See this post here for more easy peasy ideas for Messy Play Ideas that are Easy to Tidy Up!
The first Sensory Play ideas we tried were these ones…….
Rose Petal Potion Sensory Play – Fake or Real Rose Petals, Scented Bubble Bath or Bath Bomb, Feathers.
2. Ocean World Sensory Play – Shells, Animal Bath Toys, Water Beads, Glitter, Shiny Stones and shiny fabric. (NB: Be careful – water beads must NOT be eaten by children, don’t use this one for toddlers.)
3. Witch’s Potion – Googly Eyes, Green Bubble Bath (or food colouring), Play Spiders, Mini Pom Poms. My kids love mixing this one up to create their own Witch’s Potion! We also added some popping candy for extra fizz!
4. Flower Play Dough Garden Sensory Play (from Little Worlds Big Adventures)
10. Alphabet Sensory Bin (Teaching 2-3 Year Olds): Great for little ones that are learning their alphabet!
Hopefully, there’s enough Sensory Play to keep your little ones busy for hours! I am going to be using some of these ideas for some half term fun! Make sure you bookmark this page or pin an image or two so you don’t forget any of them!