Sensory Play helps children learn about their environment and also as a child becomes older can help them learn other subjects by catering for their different learning styles. This weeks features from last weeks Tuesday Tots are all about sensory play with dough – with a mix of play dough, cloud dough and other types these are easy to get hold of of create at home and perfect for play and fun.
Starting for with some Fairy Garden small world play with homemade gold play dough from Fantastic Fun and Learning.
Edible dough is great with young children –
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Spring brings rain and sun and that means rainbows as well as St Patrick’s day so last week lost of Rainbow crafts and play activities appearing on pinterest and linking up to Tuesday Tots last week. We even created our own Confetti Rainbow Picture inspired by the rainbows we keep seeing around.
Start off by producing your own Rainbow – take this Fruit Loop Rainbow picture from Sorting Sprinkles or an Unique Rainbow Art from Buggy and Buddy. Also check out our paper rainbow collage.
Combining music and movement this rainbow musical shaker from My Little 3 and
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Small world and role play are fantastic fun for kids to experience whether in a care setting or at home they can be simple to set up and you can focus on your child’s interests and ideas to explore further. Here are some fun ideas for imaginative and dramatic play from last weeks Tuesday Tots Link Up.
Dinosaurs are great for focusing some play with kids and over on Adventures at Home with Mum they have some ideas for outdoor small world play with dinosaurs. Home Ec @ Home combined dinosaurs with playdough for some imaginative small world play.
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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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You know we love a good party – well connect it with a book or 2 and it makes a summers day extra fun. So we threw a Picture Book Party with some Romping Monsters, Stomping Monsters fun.
With glorious sunshine – J and T invited over their friends for some Monster Fun, a cake was made and we set out stomping and romping around the garden in a Monster Way.
Of course our little monsters had to be bear foot – because all good monsters don’t wear shoes of course and in the muddiest part of the garden
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One of the areas that I am working on with T (almost 2 and a half) is colours so this week I was really pleased to see some wonderful fun ideas for learning colours.
First off some colour sorting from Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails in the water table – what a great way to keep cool as well.
From Fun Toddler Activities it’s another way to explore colour and keep cool with some colored scented shaving cream.
This is one of our favourites – Coloured water fun from There’s Just One Mummy – although when we do it
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As a child one of my memories of playing with my brother was re-enacting our favourite TV shows and movies – we would be He-Man and She-ra (yes I’m showing my age) or our garden was turned into the death star and Star Wars was played out in full. We’re just entering that phase with J and T and I love how it captures their imagination. One of their favourite shows (there are a lot of favourite shows) is Mike The Knight.
With the recent launch of Mike The Knight: Knight in Training we’re having fun with simple props
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