Autumn/ Winter Resource Collections

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

  • textures
  • sounds
  • flavours
  • sights
  • 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.

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Rice and … Rainbows!

Rainbows feature a lot in early years and sensory play. This one was for an Up, Up and Away Sensory Workshop with Giggles Early Years.

Scented rainbow rice – an All Of Me Sensory classic! Love how it is still as fabulous deconstructed!

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DIY Paint – Yoghurt part 2

This was my 2 year old enjoying the spoils of my Sensory workshops (more details over in Services

His big brothers were away at a sleep over and he was enjoying some quality time with me ( a rare treat for them all).

I love this video.  It takes a lot for us as adults to stop, and say nothing, just let children be.  He played uninterrupted for about an hour, without direction or instruction.  you can see at some points he looks at camera (me) to check if its ok to proceed.  Like I say, uninterrupted play is a rare treat – no big brothers trying to make up rules and lead the way, and mum not worrying about having to hose down 3 kids!

I love the language he uses, I love how he methodically empties each container, I love how he mixes the colours, I love how he makes marks in the yoghurt paint, I love this kid!  Details of how to make it here DIY Paint… Yoghurt

i have been getting a lot of enquired about the mirror tray I use in a lot of my sensory workshops.  Unfortunately I cannot find a link for the mirror insert.  This one is about 3 years old, and well and truly used!  Here is an affiliate link to a similar tray Garland 80 x 80cm Square Tray

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Enjoy

Carly x

DIY Paint… Yoghurt

By DIY Paint I refer to any coloured mixture that can be spread or applied to a surface, or can be used for wet mark making.

So, I think in most of my blog posts I have mentioned DIY paint – I use it in some form in most of my sessions, so here is a quick behind the scenes of one of my favourite go to sensory resources!

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Spaghetti and… Paint part 2

So over in part 1 I shared some activities using spaghetti with scissors, pop over and have a read.

Here I am going to share some activites when you add paint to spaghetti play.

There are lots of different options with paint – I’ve used

  • Neon paint
  • Glitter paint (colour not as vibrant works well when added with a base colour
  • Pastel paint

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Spaghetti and… Scissors part 1

Scissors are an excellent tool to develop fine motor skills. They develop hand eye coordination, fine muscle control in hands and arms, and concentration to focus and cut with intention and purpose.

I have a wee confession, We rarely use scissors to cut paper here!

The above skills can be developed in many way, using malleable materials such as dough, marking making tools such as brushes and crayons, construction materials, the list and opportunities are endless.

So when I choose to offer scissors during sensory play, I want to make sure it is engaging, entertaining and of course multi-sensory; so I am afraid paper often just doesn’t quite cut it (pun intended!)

Here is a link to some of our current favourite scissors ✂ CRAFT SCISSORS

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Building a Community

I am on a mission to share the love! By offering FREE sensory workshops to local charities and organisations – starting in Newcastle, Co. Down.

Sharing the  love of Sensory Play with babies and children in families, in schools and groups. That is pretty easy, very often groups and organisations, through their fabulous staff training and experience, are very aware of the developmental benefits and learning that take place during sensory play – all I have to do is bring along all of my fabulous resources, to Stay and Play Workshops set them up in inviting and stimulating ways and let the children do what they do best, play.  Simple!

But what about the families and carers who haven’t had training, who haven’t experienced the joy of children engaging in sensory play? Continue reading