Sensory Play Ideas

From birth, a child’s brain develops at an extraordinary speed. By the time the average child reaches the age of three, their brain has formed 1,000 trillion connections between neurons. Brain development is enhanced by meaningful relationships, sensory play and activities such as talking, singing, movement and exploring.

Activities such as sensory play facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to play, create, investigate and explore. This stimulates senses which help children develop cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, physical, and creative development.

1. Simple and Safe Slime

Finally, a slime that doesn’t require a year’s supply of glue. Non-toxic, super simple slime for hours of sensory play fun.

What you need

  • 3 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1 cup of water
  • Food colouring (optional)
  • cups of cornflour

What to do

  • In a small bowl add the water, chia seeds, and a few drops of food colouring and stir until the chia seeds are no longer floating on the surface.
  • Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Remove cover and add the cornflour a little at a time.
  • Mix and then continue adding cornflour until you achieve the desired consistency.
2. Nature Meets Water

It’s is very simple to create your own water sensory play experiences at home. Here are some ideas:

  • Discover what lives below the sea by creating your own ocean sensory play bin.
  • Create your own miniature duck or frog pond.
  • Utilise the natural resources in the garden – the more textures you add, the better.

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