31 Days Of Sensory Play {Day Twenty Five} Homemade Activity Station

Welcome to Day Twenty Five of 31 days of Sensory Play.


Children are really curious. My son is going through a draw on anything and everything phase at the moment. It’s hard work reminding him that just because the paper ends you can’t keep going on the table ! Being the third of three you’d think I would be used to this situation. However, he’s the first one to continue doing it regularly. Just can’t seem to break it. ( If you have any tips I would love to hear)

Kids want to do what we are doing.

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31 Days Of Sensory Play {Day Twenty Four} Balancing isn’t so easy


Welcome to Day Twenty Four of 31 days of Sensory Play.

It’s a lot harder than they think to balance things on their head. Especially when they are used to moving a mach speed!

The patience and stillness is something that takes some of them a little time to master.

I can tell you it’ll be funny and if you can do it at the same time- hilarious!

How are you coming along with your together time?

Your turn

Find some fun objects and have some balancing fun.

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31 Days Of Sensory Play {Day Twenty Three} Jello towers


Welcome to Day Twenty Three of 31 days of Sensory Play.


Building towers and knocking them down has to be one of the number one activities in your home. Who can resist the sound and the build up? Blocks aren’t just for babies and perhaps your child is like mine and likes to build with lots of different things.  Here’s the scientist at work trying different materials.

We’ve used Jello a few times for cooking. The boys haven’t liked the texture and I wasn’t so keen on it myself. Jelly and ice cream is a classic birthday party food in the UK. The boys have been presented with various shades and flavours and finally have developed a taste for a few of them. We have a few packets around because we did try out a jello roll recipe, that they love. Mysteriously a packet appears in my shopping bag each time we go.:)

Today we decided to have some fun building with wobbly substances because we were in a building mood and we had jello ( jelly UK) packets coming out of our ears.

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31 Days Of Sensory Play {Day Twenty Two} How to make a leaf suncatcher


Capturing fall sunshine and colours in a suncatcher

Welcome to Day Twenty Two of 31 days of Sensory Play.

Do you have broken crayons? We have so many different types thrown together in a box. Before you throw them out try this simple leaf  sun catcher activity.

This activity started because the LO is fasinated with the weather. It started at Nursery, I think, because it was one of the things they talked about on the carpet when doing the calendar. Each morning after greeting us. We can tell his mood because he’s always worried where the sun has gone. It’s only recently that we’ve lived in a place where it’s overcast a lot. So it’s still a big difference to what he’s used to.

Watching the leaves fall into the garden he was particularly sad. “The sun has gone. The leaves have gone.” I could hear him tell the MO who tried to cheer him up with news that snow will be coming soon. However the BG went in next and it was now, ” The sun has gone. The leaves have gone. Snow is coming.”

All doom and gloom.

Poor fella.

When I looked out it was pretty sad to see the rain of leaves from the huge tree shower our garden. It was a mess. But the lovely colours where amazing. We talked about all the different colours we could see in the leaves. I wanted to cheer him up and shift his mood. Seasons change and that’s fun I wanted to tell him. But I needed to show him instead.

Let’s make some sunny leaves!

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31 Days Of Sensory Play {Day Twenty One} Simple Sensory Science

Welcome to Day Twenty One of 31 days of Sensory Play.

If I do this then what will happen?

As soon as they can children are doing exactly this…..seeking out solutions to the question. I watched a mom pick up a spoon for a baby. She’s just learned that if she drops the spoon over the edge it would fall and make a loud noise. This little girl would squeal with delight. Mom would pick it up wipe it and give it back. Mom was feeding toddler sister at the same time. There were quite a few turns of this game. What made it interesting was we were in a cafe having lunch. Ordinarily at home it might be different but with all these people around this little girl was conducting experiments and learning. [Read more…]

31 Days Of Sensory Play {Day Twenty} The Little Old Lady’s Guide to Sensory Play

Welcome to Day Twenty of 31 days of Sensory Play.

Time for some action, touch, movement and listening from one of our favourite books-  Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson.

You can see from our copy that it is well used.

A quick summary of the story  is a little old lady lives in a small room ( house) and she complains there’s not enough room in her house. A wise old man heard her complaining and suggests bringing in different animals until there are so many animals in her house it is much worse. He then makes the suggestion to send them all out and naturally she finds she actually has plenty of room in her house- really.

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31 Days Of Sensory Play {Day Nineteen} Gloop and New Words

Using gloop to explore new vocabulary

Welcome to Day Nineteen of 31 days of Sensory Play. I’m delighted to have Cerys from RainyDay Mum share a sensory play idea. Catch our interview together on Toddler play.

We first played with gloop when my youngest was around 9 months old and I regularly set up a bin with different elements in, colours and scents.

The recipe for gloop is very simple and just 2 ingredients.

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31 Days Of Sensory Play {Day Eighteen} String Patterns


Welcome to Day Eighteen of 31 days of Sensory Play.

Developing fine motor skills in preparation for writing doesn’t mean you have to be writing. Today we have a fun prewriting activity.

All the little movements it takes to move a piece of string helps our children learn to use their fingers, thumb and hand. We’ve played with glue before  along with movement and made zig zag lines that we traced. Each one having a slightly different reason to do. No heavy squeezing or hands and knees work today. Instead another sensory activity is using string to make shapes. [Read more…]

31 Days Of Sensory Play {Day Seventeen} Connecting with our children and buttons


Welcome to Day Seventeen of 31 days of Sensory Play.

All of these sensory activities in this 31 day series are designed for us to work together intentionally with our children. Often we multi task while our children play nearby which is a good thing. They get to be creative and learn without us. Although time can slip by during a day and you realize that you’ve left invitations to play, left out playdough or shaving foam and you’ve not interacted as much as you were planning.

Intervention and input gives us an insight into the struggles and joys of our child’s current stage. We see where we can encourage and let go more. [Read more…]

31 Days Of Sensory Play {Day Sixteen} Mark Making On Socks


Welcome to Day Sixteen of 31 days of Sensory Play.

Why is it mum that I give you all my socks and when you give them back they are not all there?

This conversation happened again this week with the MO who was busy trying to match up school socks and finding many missing. We have a missing sock pile that seems to get bigger and bigger. Anyone have an answer?

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