As part of our Tuff Spot A-Z Blog Hop we have an Adventures of Adam reader sharing their Tuff Spot activity. We got to know Anneka during our previous sensory play challenges and love how she involves both her boys (aged 3 years and 6 months) in the same activity. Today Anneka shares her P is for Paper Tuff Spot activity. She demonstrates that you do not need to spend a lot of time setting up a Tuff Spot in order for your child to enjoy the activity.
We’ve had a really busy month (with Mother’s day, birthdays, parties, and Easter coming up), I totally lost track of which letter we were on. I’d planned to take a little more time over this activity, but threw it together five minutes before I started cooking dinner!
Whilst the boys were occupied with Daddy I grabbed some tissue paper, photo paper, coloured sugar paper, iridescent paper, a roll of paper and some colourful craft paper. I spread the sheets of paper out on the Tuff Spot, tore off a large strip off the roll of paper and ripped it into curled strips and scrunched up the tissue paper. I also folded some of the coloured paper into concertinas and made a fan too as well as tearing the coloured sugar paper into strips.
I popped “I” (6 months) onto the tray and “M” (3 years) quickly followed of his own accord. First we discussed the colours, sounds the different papers made and the textures of them. “M” learned a new word: iridescent and was able to point out which pieces of paper were iridescent. “I” explored the papers with his mouth and we were constantly taking bits of paper out of his mouth! “M” on the other hand loved making it rain paper by tossing it up in the air, he also found the fan and enjoyed fanning himself and “I”. “M” also liked ripping the papers and using his stampers to make marks on them. “I” found playing with the paper very amusing and kept giggling and laughing, it was very cute.
All in all it was a very easy yet effective activity and considering it took less than 5 minutes to set up it managed to hold the boys’ attentions for about half an hour. Total win in my mind!
Thank you to Anneka for sharing their P is for Paper Tuff Spot as part of our Tuff Spot A to Z Blog Hop. You can check out the other activities in the series by clicking here. Our own Tuff Spot A to Z Challenge continues with our P is for Pegs Tuff Spot.