The best S.T.E.M. resources

So with the launch of our new S.T.E.M. Kit I thought I would put together a few of my favourite activities and experiments for some inspiration this season.

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First up we have fun with pipettes!  We stock 2 varieties – a colourful 5ml chunky one that is fun and easy to use; also a variety pack of 10 ranging from .5ml to 5ml – these are perfect for slightly older (primary age) children as they can measure accurately – great to develop maths skills, also cognitive skills to measure to follow instructions or recipe.

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Sensory Stocking Surprise

Inspired by some lovely customers’ feedback – I have put together a Surprise Stocking that is stacked silly with sensory stuff!!!

  • Perfect to share with little ones over the festive period
  • Perfect to share with friends and family as a gift
  • Perfect for small groups and setting to enhance your Christmas provision

Best about it is the value – £20 of resources for the barginous price of £15!

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Summer Schemes!

All Of Me Sensory is beginning to gear up to Summer 2017 with a range of new services and activities on offer, it is very exciting!

I am absolutely delighted to be working with Knockevin Special School to offer stay and play sensory workshops during their Summer Scheme.

These will be themed and planned to meet the specific needs of the children involved. Many of the children have multiple, severe and profound learning difficulties, with varying sensorial needs and challenges.  The activities will be varied with a range of wet messy and dry sensory materials, including lights, sound and soft area.

There will be several small sessions offered throughout the day, to meet these individual needs and ensure that all the children can access the sessions to the best of their ability.

As with all Stay and Play Workshops the children will be supervised by carers at all times.

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Summer Scheme Sensory Sessions are perfect for lots of different types of groups and organisations, from toddler groups, preschool groups, school groups, holiday clubs/ parks, council run schemes, charities, fundraisers.

  • They are always tailored to your groups needs!

  • They are always messy!

  • They are always fun!

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Spring Sensory Activities – part 3 Easter

The Joy of Easter is mixed as a movable celebration, the weather ranges from hot and needing sun cream to cold and blustery!  It doesn’t seem to dampen spirits as the children love the bright and pastel colour all around from the tentative flowers in the garden to the array of craft materials.  They seem inspired to creativity, embracing the urge to paint, cut and stick, Easter baskets and bonnets made from paper plates and delicate tissue paper.  Their favourite seems to be the little craft embellishments that are so cute and novelle – little fluffy chicks, plastic egg shells waiting to be filled, lady birds, woolly sheep – they love it all.

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Two of my boys have birthday’s in March, so parties often end up around Easter, plus with plenty of cousins and friends, there is always plenty of opportunity to get creative with Easter inspired sensory activities and resources. Continue reading

Spring Sensory Activities – part 2 Rainbows

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! 

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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