Welcome to the week 1 round up of our 31 Day Sensory Play Challenge. We are really pleased with how well the sensory challenge has been received and have many photographs to share of Adventures of Adam readers being involved in sensory play.
First lets recap the sensory adventures Adam has had this week:
Four bloggers have been involved in our 31 Day Sensory Play Challenge Blog Hop this week. Check out their fantastic posts:
Mihaela from Best Toys 4 Toddlers is also joining us on the sensory play challenge. Check out her brilliant sensory posts:
Photographs from Adventures of Adam readers:
Day 1: Cotton Wool
“Cotton wool mixed with shredded paper and coloured balls 21 months.” Tanya
“Today we had some sensory fun with cotton wool balls, fake snow, snowflake sequins, spoons and cups. My little boy loved scooping things into the cups then emptying them again. He’s 16 months.” Danielle
“Cotton wool painting. She ended up using the cotton wool to paint her hands and then splat on to the paper.” Kel
“We got home later today after New Years antics so what I had planned went out of the window and I needed something quick. So we had a ‘snowball fight’ and she fished for animals in the ‘icy water’ instead.” Haley
“My little boy loves this game. Throwing the flys on the spiders web.” Sophie
Day 2 – Rice
“Rice Tuff Spot.” Kel
“Our simple but very effective rice play. Kept him entertained for a good 15/20 mins.” Vikki
“I had dyed some of the rice in preparation but also mixed it with plain brown rice. William leapt at the tray when we walked in the room and spent 45 minutes playing. He transferred rice from one container to another, drove his cars through the piles and even went for a walk in it which made him laugh.
His favourite thing was to feel the rice between his hands and use his pincer grip to pick up individual grains.We also made a rain shaker with an old bottle and sand some songs with our new ‘instrument’. All in a very successful sensory play. Clean up consisted of scooping the rice into a pot so it can be reused then a quick vacuum of the mat.” Sarah
“We did alphabet rice but we ended up having a rice party she loved using a spoon to put some rice in tea cups and back again in the container. Thanks for all your lovely ideas.” Isa
“Rice with my 13 month old.” Lucy
“Enjoying your 31 day sensory challenge. Box is a bit small but all I had.” Sarah
“Our eldest son will be 3 in March and our youngest was born in September. They both loved it and played with the rice again today. Ivan (youngest) was grabbing handfuls of the rice as well as patting and mixing it. Miles was pushing trucks through it and scooping it up and pouring it through his fingers. We’ve just ordered a tuff tray…will be even better then!” Anneka
” Joshua (just turned one) enjoying the sensory challenge.” Monica
My first time dying more then one colour. A simple pouring and filling activity. We made a shaker. After an hour of mixing up my beautiful colours, we had a music session.” Haley
Day 3 – Shaving Foam
“Shaving foam with my 13 month old.” Lucy
“Our shaving foam was the end of a can so very wet and not foamy at all. We added loads of cornflour to it and made it into ‘snow’. We squished it together to make snowballs and tried to make a snowman too.” Anneka
“Joshua (just turned one) enjoying the sensory challenge.” Monica
“Shaving foam safari. She loved the difference in texture between the cornflakes and the foam. The stones lining the path had numbers on them and she counted a couple of them. She said zebra for the first time today.” Haley
Day 4 – Play Dough
“We worked on Abbi’s cutting skills.” Kel
“Exploring different shapes and object to stick in playdough.” Sophie Baker
“We made playdough ‘cakes’ and decorated them with sultanas, coloured rice and candles. Then Miles wanted to have a tea party with his toys. Ivan enjoyed a squish with the playdough too (while having milk, so a double sensory experience)!” Anneka
“I used the peppermint playdough I made for Christmas and a few bits, she’s really starting to think about what she’s doing.” Tanya
“My 12 month old exploring play dough for the 1st time ever.” Kerrie
“I decided to try making it from cornflour this time – it didn’t go as planned but she loved it all the same. She really enjoyed building her snowman, and even though he’s looking a bit melted, I think he’s adorable.” Haley
Wow – what a week of sensory play!
Looking forwards to Week 2:
Here are 3 activity ideas for each day to get your creative juices flowing. The activities are either taken from our Adventures of Adam blog or provided by our blogging friends. Click on each picture to find out more information about each individual sensory play activity. These ideas are given as a guide. You can follow these ideas exactly, adapt them in some way or think of your own – it is completely up to you.
Monday – Day 5 – Jelly
Despite our Jelly Digging Fail back at the start of our play adventures we still love jelly play. Tip – add additional gelatin to your jelly to ensure that it sets hard enough to play with.
Tuesday – Day 6 – Slime or Gloop
Gloop is really easy to make and a great activity for children who love messy play. Simply mix corn flour and water to create a unique texture. This amazing substance will help teach your little one about the concepts of solids and liquids.
Wednesday – Day 7 – Sensory Fun In The Bath
If you are concerned about the mess created from sensory play then you will love sensory fun in the bath. The mess is contained in one place and easy to clean.
Thursday – Day 8 – Bubble wrap
Whether you pop or paint with bubble wrap it certainly is a resource that stimulates the senses. Not only does it make a great sound but it makes interesting patterns and shapes with paint.
Friday – Day 9 – Pasta
Saturday – Day 10 – Sensory Play using kitchen Cupboard Items
You will be amazed how many sensory play opportunities can be created with items you already have in your kitchen cupboard. Whether it is cornflakes, soap or salt you will not look at every day objects in the same light after this challenge.
Sunday – Day 11 – Sticky Play
Sticky play can come in the form of contact paper or sellotape. At Adventures of Adam we have a love/hate relationship with contact paper – mostly because I end up getting tangled up in it.