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