We have been enjoying this lovely winter sensory tray. I was lucky enough to find these glowing trees in Poundland over Christmas, which offer another sensory element to the tray. We also added some Frozen figures that we had collected from kinder eggs!

Kenzie wanted to make the snow so we all sat around as he measured out a couple of spoons of the instant snow powder. We couldn’t believe this small amount could make a whole dish of snow! It was really interesting to watch the snow grow!

It didn’t take long for the children to all flock round to play. I found it worked better in pairs as the dish was quite small and I felt it would help to avoid arguments if we played in small groups.

There was a lot of chat about the texture and feel of the snow.

  • soft
  • cold
  • smooth
  • light
  • fluffy
With supervision I used this activity with my babies. 1:1 in a high chair and I did not allow them to eat it. I am sure ingesting a little would cause no harm but I would not leave a young child alone with activity. I do feel that they should be able to enjoy it if possible. You know your children and you know if you have a child that puts everything in the mouth or if they are more likely to enjoy the feel of it on their hands.

This activity meets the following areas of the EYFS:
  • Physical Development
  • Language and Communication
  • Expressive Art and Design
  • Understanding the world

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