Rainbows – beautiful and magical natural phenomena. In early years they are very popular, the strong colours support early learning of primary and secondary colours, pattern, sequence, blending, they are visually striking and appealing and seem to make everything look better!
Rainbows have always featured heavily in sensory play, nature has a way of incorporating the complimentary colours of a rainbow so beautifully, really its makes our job easier! You just need to look at a bunch of flowers, or a bowl of fruit to realise that colour is everywhere, so lets take advantage of it!
During sensory workshops we aim to provide resources that are safe in each and every way, so that children may handle and even mouth them if they so wish – many of the children attending the sessions were of an age or developmental stage that mouthing objects was a key component of their sensory play. To accommodate this, it was important to provide materials that were made of natural materials (wood etc) where possible and to use taste safe resources – below are some examples of how to incorporate rainbows into your child’s play that is safe, stimulating and striking!
Here are my 3 little sensory sensations, all ready for session #2 of the day. As you can see there are 6 pastel shades of dyed rice (how to in a later post), needless to say it did not take long for the blocks of colour to become a kaleidoscopic blend of colours – as can be seen from the rice at the top of the tray that was salvaged from session #1! Continue reading →