Discovering new books is always a joy and this year Story Book Advent is revealing so many new lovely books to me, although today’s book is a 1970’s classic Christmas story it’s a delightful interactive book for children following a sensory tale through the festive Season. The Sweet Smell of Christmas is a tale of a small bear who smells his way through the scents of Christmas, from the tree in the house, to gingerbread cookies and hot chocolate. Scratching and sniffing your way through the story you can experience the smells of the season as well. Bringing you an
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Playdough is such a simple thing to make I always use the 4 minute playdough recipe from The Imagination Tree and this time was no exception – what I love about this recipe is that it allows you to add so many different things to it to theme it or make it suitable for the season. For our October Playdough I wanted to bring the scents of Autumn to our table and autumn colours so that we could explore and introduce some sensory vocabulary for the season.
To explore the playdough – I set up some nature finds from
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Our third week of Story Book Summer comes to a close with one of my all time favourite books The Very Hungry Caterpillar – I am delighted to welcome Jenny from Mummy Mishaps to Rainy Day Mum to share a fun play dough activity for the book as part of the Story Book Summer Series – check out our other posts from this week and watch out for next weeks Fairy Tales week.
Hello! I am Jenny a SAHM who can normally be found over at Mummy Mishaps , where I blog about my
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Playing with the senses is one of the ways that children learn about the world around them – they can also help them learn concepts like maths as well as bring literacy alive through sensory play. This week we’re featuring some ideas for Summer Sensory Play for Tots linked up to last weeks Tuesday Tots.
First off a fun water based sensory play from Fantastic Fun for Learning with a Duck Race.
Another fun water based sensory play was a little creative play we had with some ice paints the other week.
Bring literacy alive with a book based
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For Toddlers and Preschoolers Sensory play is a great way to learn and is also lots of fun so I’ve put together some ideas for some very simple Valentines Sensory Play.
Valentines Inspired Sensory Play
With this lovely filling heart Sensory Bin Little Bins for Little Hands has some wonderful objects included.
Combine sensory play with a craft is great and over on Crayon Box Chronicles they have made a Sensory Heart Collage.
Waterbeads are a great sensory play resources for those children who don’t put anything in their mouths and over on B-Inspired Mama they have a Valentines
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Play dough is such a simple to make and use material for sensory play with toddlers and preschoolers. Check out these ideas from last week linked up to Tuesday Tots for some creative Play dough play this Christmas.
Start of by creating you own play dough – we have some of our favourite Christmas play dough recipes easy to make and they only take 4 mins from start to finish.
Giving your child the ability to explore play dough as they wish by providing them with equipment they can use to experiment and investigate in different ways is a
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Exploring the senses is a fantastic way for tots to investigate the world around them and we can help support that by creating sensory bins and trays for them. This week on Tuesday Tots I’m sharing 7 ideas for simple Sensory bins and trays that you can create at home or in your childcare environment.
First off is Happy Hooligans with a fall sensory table – along with experiencing elements of fall there is fantastic information about how to set it up as well as using it and expanding it. I just love the images of the children exploring
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Fun Rainbow Activities for Kids
Spring is almost here and for us that means Spring showers and sunshine which of course means Rainbows – these are some of the fabulous Rainbow Activities linked up to Tuesday Tots this week.
A gift of curiosity had lots of fun with dyed pasta rainbow threading – perfect for fine motor skills for your tots and a lovely colourful variation on the rainbow theme.
Teaching Little Ones at Home used a seed catalogue to create a rainbow with different colours – I love the use of the circle punch another fabulous fine motor activity
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Snow Bath – Indoor Snow Day Activities
Indoor Snow Day Activities are essential for us at the moment, we’re just out of hospital with T and she’s recovering but still not up for long time activities out in the snow so we brought the snow inside for her. I’ve looked at the themed baths that The Imagination Tree and Growing a Jeweled Rose have posted in the past and never attempted one of my own but today we took the plunge and took the snow indoors for some indoor snow day activities fun at home.
What you need to
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