I don’t think I am the only one who has noticed the evening drawing in, or even dare I say it, had the heating on a bit recently!
Summer is nearly over and so our thoughts move towards the next season, and my personal favourite – Autumn.
As carers and educators the new school year means a switch of mindset, beginning to plan for the year ahead, resources, learning outcomes, environments – all to meet the ever changing needs of our individual children. When you multiply that to meet the needs of the individuals within a group or class – it begins to get a bit complicated.
Each child brings their experiences, perspectives and preferences, relative to their own stage of development. They may present with varying degrees and skills of
- speech and language development
- fine and gross motor skills
- personal, social and emotional development
- knowledge and understanding of the world around them
- expectations, and needs
It is up to us to assess these needs (based on invaluable input form parents and carers), to provide the most suitable environment for them that is safe, nurturing and inviting, in which they will thrive at their own rate.
We need to consider the physical space
- how children can move in the space
- how they can use the space to enhance their own fun and learning
To do this our resources and equipment should incorporate a balance of
- and tastes when we begin to facilitate meaningful learning environments
I find the change of season so inspiring , new groups of children with new interests and experiences they just HAVE TO SHARE! – a bubbling cacophony of chatter (from children who are at that stage) and excited energy. The changing world around – cooling weather, shifting light, crisp air, changing colours in nature, its beautiful and speaks to the power of the changing seasons.
So to celebrate these changes, All Of Me Sensory has some lovely things planned!
Beginning with the introduction of a new collection of Autumn and Winter Sensory Resources over on the Facebook Page here. There are launching very soon – so here is a wee sneak peak at some of the treasures available to enhance your sensory experiences.
Cinnamon Sticks – scented and evocative – Halloween and Christmas are on the way! Use in to mark make in sand, salt or cloud dough to develop Fine Motor Skills and pre-writing skills.
Dried whole oranges and green lemons! – what a beautiful tactile resource, gently scented, interesting to see, touch and smell – little ones will love to handle these during play. Added to loose parts collections or even to the role play area. Beautiful addition to treasure baskets.
Dried slices of oranges – again use in role play or loose parts play. I love the segments and natural crevices – how stunning and vibrant on a light table!
So these have been my sensory find of the year – MINI DRIED WHOLE PUMPKINS!!!
In the UK we are inundated with large, commercially grown decorative lurid orange pumpkins for a few weeks in October for Halloween, and for many of our young ones, that will be limit of their experience of pumpkins (maybe a few Gourds if they are lucky). These will be taking centre stage this year in my Autumnal displays and sensory play.
Beautiful delicate coloured skeleton leaves. These are a definite for the light table this Autumn. I love to see children engage in resources so differently, these just invite children to hold them gently – they even lower voices in response. Inspiring resources!
Super tactile, scented wooden discs – these are so inviting, you just want to run your fingers through, little ones will love to transport and carry in little pouches and bags, count and sort by size. Why not add them as a numeracy tool – much better as pretend ‘coins’ than the plastic ones. You can write on them (numbers and symbols) but also really useful for letter recognition in phonics and literacy- build simple words using sounds written on the discs.
Small Wooden Shapes – to develop language skills, increase vocabulary, use for story telling, add to sensory pouches, eye-spy pouch. Use for crafting and decoration. Small loose parts so inviting and appealing. Packs inspired by the ‘Garden’, ‘Woodland’ and Pine Cones’.
Messy Mats! In various designs and sizes – these are great to cover tables and floors and can be wiped clean. I use mine to enhance role play areas and displays as back drop or surfaces, when creating small world or invitations to play.
Clear Vinyl is a new favourite – so versatile – how about taking it outside a ground cover in Autumn when it is getting damp, keep nice and dry but still experiencing the colours of fallen leaves below – lovely for babies or children with limited mobility. Or inside to cover more delicate fabrics and materials, again as a protective colour, but still benefiting from their beauty. An Autumn project this year is to use colours inspired by Autumn to paint directly on the vinyl then use as a display either on the wall or window – imagine the colours shining through!
These are just some of the things coming this Autumn to All Of Me Sensory – and throughout this season I will be posting lots of ideas and pictures of how we use these lovely sensory resources – I would love to see yours too!
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So you see – I have all your new season sensory resources sorted! Have a lovely Autumn term xxx
Happy Browsing in the SHOP and the Autumn Collection will launch soon.
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