I am always trying to find ways to include little ones in sensory play. We often go with a big tray on the floor but this often ends ij the focus being more about throwing the contents around rather than really exploring the sensory side of things.
Don’t get me wrong. Throwing things around is a learning experience in itself but I am trying to find a way to redirect the focus a little.
I have gone with scaling things down a little. Adding some items to the high chair and seeing what happens.
“J” was the first to try this new approach and he seemed to settle in to it much quicker than the times we have used a large tray. He used his fingers to make lines in the lentils and then drew my attention to them.
With less to overwhelm him, he seemed to find it easier to focus in on the different items on the tray. Picking each one up and feeling its texture and shape. Sometimes putting items to his mouth. He was very interested in the little traffic cone. looking at it from different angles. Picking up lentils between his thumb and fingers and dropping them in to the upturned cone end.
“J” turned the trucks over and spun the wheels. He realised that the cement mixer could be filled with lentils and emptied out again. He also noticed that pushing them through the lentils left a clear trail behind and then repeated this several times. Just checking out his new discovery!
Today’s play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Art and Design