After the success of week 1, our 31 Day Sensory Play Challenge has continued to grow. Not only is Adam enjoying a range of sensory play but we have loved seeing the photographs of Adventures of Adam readers deeply involved in sensory fun.
Lets recap the sensory adventures Adam has had this week:
Seven 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 5 – Jelly
“Joshua enjoying his dinosaur jelly, after reading ‘Things you should know about dinosaurs’. He decided it would be fun to poke it with a chopstick.” Monica
“Jelly play fail (I expected this ) but they had loads of fun anyway and blew the jelly around with the failed worm straws. When this was cleared away, we played with boring old sand with buckets and spades.” Haley
“She really wasn’t impressed with jelly play and cried every time it touched her bless her!” Lucy
“William wasn’t so keen on touching this with his hands and grabbed his fork and spent ages quietly transferring his jelly from a tray to a plate and back again. He really liked it when I grabbed a big handful and made it wibble wobble.” Sarah
“The boys both loved this, even Ivan (3.5 months) was grabbing bits out of it. Miles declared that it ‘smells like tooth paste’ (I’d added peppermint extract when cooking). Miles especially loved digging for the pom poms and bits of sponge I’d set in the jelly.” Anneka
Day 6 – Slime/Gloop
“I don’t know who was more intrigued by the gloop, me or William. Is it solid? Is it a liquid? Who on earth knows! William used a spoon to try and scoop it up then gave up and went for trying to tip the plate up and poor it out. He kept laughing at how it didn’t behave like he thought it would. He especially liked it when I rolled it into a ball then dropped it in the bowl so it promptly turned to liquid again. Seriously, make this. It’s just cornflour and water and cleans up fairly easily off a plastic sheet.” Sarah
“I teamed it up with the solar system that Father Christmas gave my daughter. They loved stretching it as far as they could once they had gotten over the excitement that the solar system and stars glowed in the dark.” Haley
“Definitely making this again (with more cover though lol). We all enjoyed this very much! My Father In Law came by and Alfie was SO excited to show him what he was doing. He ran screaming to greet him at the door and showed him his hands then ran back into the kitchen and was stamping and pointing at all the gloop (which was everywhere). It was awesome.” Lorena
“She wasn’t overly sure at first but soon got stuck in.” Lucy
Day 7 – Sensory fun in the bath
“It’s the first time I have tried this and my 4 loved it today.” Nichola
“Fun in the bath! Painting with shaving foam paint, it was lots of fun!” Monica
“She enjoyed this so much last time we did it that it was inevitable that we used shaving foam paint again. This time I got out the foam shapes and some glitter. At the end of the play I added water and foam letters so she could swirl the colours round, practice her letters and she helped me wipe it off at the end with a cloth.” Haley
“Sensory bath all ready for little one.” Lucy
Day 8 – Bubble Wrap
“She has bubble wrap in her treasure basket and explores it quite a lot so thought we would try something different. I put paint under it and let her squidge it. I love the result.” Kerrie
“A bit unsure at first but once she realised she could stomp and dance as much as she wanted, she was off. I’ve told my husband this is going on the wall.” Haley
“For this I taped some to the floor for William to walk on. I also made a streamer curtain for the doorway into the playroom. William didn’t want to walk through the curtain but had great fun walking around it and playing with the streamers. UPDATE: Now he loves walking through it!” Sarah
“We did the Bubble wrap today instead of the bath because our glow sticks haven’t arrived yet and that’s what we’re using for our sensory bath. I put the bubble wrap out in the hall as a bubble wrap runner. Alfie wasn’t sure at first and came off it when I stood him on it. I encouraged him by popping it a bit and standing on it myself. Soon he was on it, holding my hands at first, but soon let go and that was it! I made him some bubble wrap boots as well lol we both thought they were funny! But these didn’t last long as he was more interested in the tape I used to keep them together.” Lorena
“My 4 year old wanted to lead this so I gave him the long strip and let him choose. He stomped, rolled himself up in it, rolled up toys and ended up dancing with it to ‘Let it go’, using the wrap as the snow. He even tied it around his waist and sat popping it through the bedtime story. Great!” Jennie
Day 9 – Pasta
“I knew we would be out today so wanted a super quick activity for when we got home. I made some coloured pasta and used our tiny new IKEA kitchen utensils and William had great fun ‘swooshing’ the pasta around on his tuff tray.” Sarah
“We decided to use our spaghetti as paintbrushes as we had only recently played with cooked pasta. This was lots of fun, we will be doing it again. I think outside in the summer it will be even more enjoyed. Little one was fascinated by the bits that broke off so she included them in her final piece.” Haley
“We tried spaghetti painting. A complete hit. The first picture he decided was fireworks so I gave him some glitter to shake over. The second was an attempt at dragons so the third I helped him to do a symmetry picture to make a dragon.” Jennie
“Here’s our pasta play- spaghetti painting! Thanks for the idea.” Lucy
“I ACTUALLY went out last night for a couple of hours so I left the pasta ready for my husband before I left. He decided on messy play which is what Alfie loves! My husband said he gave him the plain pasta first and left him to it. When he showed him the coloured pasta Alfie was really excited! Alfie enjoyed picking it out, transferring it and throwing it everywhere!” Lorena
“This activity lasted less than 5 minutes.” Kel
Day 10 – Sensory play using kitchen cupboard items
“Little one used salt today to practice mark making and fine motor skills. She poured the salt to use into the tray herself and helped to shake it flat. She rolled magnetic marbles across and drew with coloured counters. Great for colour exploration.” Haley
”My boys ADORED the challenge today. Miles and I put on a puppet show for Ivan (using a wooden spoon and a silicone jelly mould). Ivan also used a wooden spoon as a teether and loved squashing the silicone cake cases I put out, he also tried to eat a paper one! Miles had fun transferring water from one container to another, mixing salt, pasta and water. He also enjoyed posting the spaghetti through the holes in the steamer then taking them out again and snapping them into little pieces.” Anneka
“We tried using cupboard items to create a ‘similar colour, different texture’ tray, to try and entice Joshua into touching and playing with different textures. He was very excited but then a bit hesitant to touch. He stepped onto the tray and wanted out quite quickly! He finally managed to sit down but ignored the messy part and played with his Lego instead.” Monica
“Decided to bake with my little one today and something easy. So made some baby friendly flapjack . She loved it, especially trying to feed me the mixture!” Kerrie
“For this we used a few items from the kitchen and some rice crispies. I’m loving the fact that William is so used to sensory play that he leaps at each activity before I’ve even finished setting up. William enjoyed scooping up the rice and stirring it with his wooden spoon.” Sarah
“He is a reluctant writer so I loved the salt tray idea. He spent ages making marks, writing letters and reshaking it to start again.” Jennie
“Alfie loves banging on pots and pans so yesterday we got him his own and it was like Christmas all over! We put a bit of water in his washing up bowl and he was very excited about that. He was putting them in and taking them out. He was stirring the water, touching it, pouring it with a cup, spoon or colander and even getting in it!” Lorena
Day 11 – Sticky Play
“For our sticky challenge we put the contact paper on the floor. First Abbi walked, ran and jumped on it. Then daddy and mummy had to jump on it. Abbi and I then threw cotton wool balls on it. Abbi then jumped on them and squashed them. Abbi then tried to stick balls to it but it had lost its stickiness.” Kel
“I decided to go with sheep shearing for this one as it’s the one I had planned for day 1 with cotton wool but we got home too late to set it up. I really enjoyed making this one, it reminded me of my nursery days. I used sticky back plastic. Little One sat down and initially started taking off one ball at a time, then she just ripped the lot off in 4 handfuls. She seemed to enjoy it though, his name is Timmy…I’ve glued them all back on and we’ll do it again this afternoon.” Haley
“Ivan (17 weeks today) had fun exploring different textures and ‘sticking’ (well dropping) them onto sticky back plastic.” Anneka
“Miles liked the stickiness of the plastic then enjoyed sticking bits on to make a picture. He especially liked sticking the googly eyes and feathers on. He loved ticking me, Ivan and daddy with them too!” Anneka
“We used the sticky tree idea and adapted it to our rainy weather lately and decorated our own cloud. Joshua loved sticking and unsticking things… Especially as nothing stuck to his hands!” Monica
Looking forwards to Week 3:
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 12 – Bubbles
It does not matter whether you use shop bought bubble mixture or attempt to make your own for this challenge. Who can resist blowing and popping bubbles!
Tuesday – Day 13 – Exploring Texture / Sensory Stepping Stones
Texture play is something we need more of on Adventures of Adam. This why I have set aside a day for us to find different ways to play with texture. We hope to create some sensory stepping stones. You could try painting on different textures, go on a texture hunt in your local area or create textured play dough.
Wednesday – Day 14 – Ice
This time of year is a perfect time for ice play. You can discover ice puddles outside or bringing the ice inside. Failing that why not make your own ice. How quickly can your little one melt the ice?
Thursday – Day 15 – Scented Play Dough
We haven’t attempted scented play dough yet so I am looking forward to Adam’s reaction. Why not add food essence such as peppermint or coconut to make sweet smelling play dough.
Friday – Day 16 – Light Play / Glow Sticks
As it gets dark so early at this time of year it’s perfect for light play. If you don’t have access to a light table why not make your own. Or you could explore ways to play with glow sticks.
Saturday – Day 17 – Sensory Play Using Recycled Materials
Look no further than your recycling bin to get inspiration. Plastic bottles, cardboard boxes and kitchen roll tubes are our favourites.
Sunday – Day 18 – Food Colouring
Food colouring can be used within a edible sensory activity, such as our edible artwork, or it can be added to enhance an activity. We added blue food colouring to our duck sensory bin and green to our Christmas Tree Play Dough to enhance the activity.