I have been reading up on sensory play for the little one, but I had no courage to try till recently (lol). On one hand, I really wanted her to try out textures and explorations in her play, however, I am really afraid of the mess and her putting EVERYTHING into her mouth – erm, including kitchen paper towel rolls and chomping on it like the most delicious food ever lol.
Sensory play is any kind of activity that stimulates the little one’s senses: touch, smell, taste, sight & hearing. These activities can facilitate exploration and encourage the kids to use processes while they play / explore / create. It will help them develop cognitively, linguistically, socially and emotionally.
So I tried something very easily put together recently (@ 15 months).
I originally read about colored sand on parenting sites, but too lazy to color the rice (oppps) and let them dry. Furthermore, I am sure the little princess is going to throw the rice around, which will make cleaning up really difficult. So I decided to replace the rice with something more manageable.
I bought this set of toys from Ikea at $3.90. Seems like quite fun to bring her to play with sand as well! I then filled the box with Holland barley, so it’s easier to clean up.
I first showed her how to “play” with this by scooping the barley and placing into the little container. Then I passed the toys to her for free play. It’s amazing that she knew how to play as soon as she got her hands on them haha!
Her “aiming” with scooping and emptying the barley got better with each try. However, we need to watch her closely while she played because she did try to swallow the barley repeatedly lol!
I probably want to try the kitchen paper towel rolls thing or edible play dough next!