With Covid-19 lockdown in full swing, me on furlough and Natalie, a teacher working the majority at home as a key worker, Munchkin is out of nursery and at home full time.
This meant we quickly set about making a routine and including the daily key element of sensory play. Here is a few things we have done in the first weeks. All of these used every day items we already possessed.
Bubble Float, Bubble Pop
Its a known fact that every child loves bubbles, and Munchkin was no different. The look of awe and amazement as he reached for the bubbles around him was worth every second of the clean up operation which followed!
Bottle Shaker Sounds
If there is one thing Munchkin loves, its making a lot of noise. He loves drumsticks and banging everything, his drums and setting off all his musical toys at once, and even using his utensils at meal times for impromptu musical routines.
So this one was simple. Take equal sized bottles and fill with different every day items to illustrate the different sounds they make. We used lentils, stones Munchkin collected from the garden and rice. You could see the interest of the different sounds and the joy of shaking and dropping them.
Splish Splash Water Play
With swimming on hold, it was important to give our Munchkin some time to splash about at home. So we filled the blow up duck he used to have his baths in, gave him some toys and away he went splashing about.
Wibble Wobble Jelly Play
Exactly what it says in the title. Jelly on a plate, wibbly and wobbly, with a few utensils, feeling it, bouncing it and tasting it. Good orange flavoured fun.
Make a Lentil Mess
We put some lentils in a bowl and let him go crazy. From the first unsure touch, to throwing them everywhere, it was a fun explosion of sensory fun.
Disco lights and lightning bolts
We set up a disco ball, a lightning plate, a rope light and a colouring changing stars on the ceiling toy and popped Munchkin in the middle. He loved touching the plate and making the lightning move, grasping onto the disco ball and wafting around the rope light.
Finally, not fully a sensory exploration, but we gave Munchkin kitchen bits and some balls for a cooking experience. He’s had a saucepan ever since as his eyes immediately lit up and a smile filled his little face. He loved to play peek-a-boo with the colander!
It was easy to create sensory and discovery experiences from items already in our household. Hopefully this gives some inspiration for what you can do with your little ones in this tough time.
Thanks for reading,