Hey I am Amy, a stay at home Mom with a background of working in mainstream education in the UK. I blog at Learning and Exploring Through Play where we share arts, crafts and sensory play set ups with a creative approach to learning. I am passionate about children learning through their play.
I am delighted to be doing a guest post today for The Adventures of Adam and featuring as part of their 5 senses theme.
Our theme today is: Touch.
I am going to be sharing a collection of our posts with you that stimulate touch and will no doubt stimulate other senses too.
I have only recently started to create sensory bags and they are so great I am a little annoyed at myself for not trying them sooner. Very little cost is involved in making them and they are great for exploring textures and items safely and mess free.
They offer a beautiful sensory play activity especially when stuck to windows or being explored on the lightbox. We have a great collection of Sensory Bags on our blog, along with all you need to consider when making them – you can view them here.
Sensory Small Worlds:
Small Worlds are play set ups that allow children to act out narratives and their own ideas by manipulating and moving materials and objects. We created a Fairy Tale Small World set up before Christmas linked to the story Little Red Riding Hood. Small Worlds are ideal for imaginative play. You can include different textures to explore that really bring the activity to life. View our Fairy Tale small world here.
We really do enjoy sensory boxes and have enjoyed several of them. They are brilliant for hands on learning and I love that you can theme them to your child’s interests, topics and celebrations. When exploring the contents of the Sensory Box children not only get sensory stimulation they also learn about cause and effect, develop fine motor skills, engage in imaginative play and creativity.
Here are some of our Sensory Boxes:
Sensory Soups are similar to Sensory Boxes in the case that you use the same container and consider different textures to add however the main ingredient is water. Children love water play and is a great addition to any play experience during any time of year.
Winter Nature Soup
There are so many tiny muscles in our hands that we need to carry out many day to day tasks such as – writing, making and painting – for all we we need good fine motor control. Play dough exercises these muscles fantastically. So aswel as stimulating touch it also develops key muscles. You can add different materials to alter and add to the texture of playdough too. Items such as glitter, seeds, sequins, lentils, pasta all work well. View some of our playdough set ups here:
Autumn Textured Playdough
Christmas Tree Playdough
We have lots more sensory play set ups and activities that we would love you to come and check out!
Thank you to Learning and Exploring Through Play for their fantastic sensory play ideas. This guest post is part of our Five Senses Play Challenge, for the sense of touch. Click here for more touch activity inspiration.