We love sensory play in Redwood Class. We use our senses to understand the world around us. We learn best when we are engaging all of our senses. It helps to develop language, motor skills and problem solving. But most of all its great fun!
This is a great way to explore all of our senses in a fun and engaging way and you can use whatever fruits and vegetables you can find.
Prepare a box or a tray with a selection of different fruits or vegetables. In one column, have the whole fruits, in the next column have the fruits chopped in half, then just the skin, then in the last column have them with the skin removed and chopped into bite-size pieces.
Guide the children to the activity and encourage your children to pick up the pieces of fruit and explore them with each of their senses.
Sight - talk about how the fruits and vegetables look - colour, size, texture, etc. Are there some fruits that look the same or different when they are cut up in pieces?
Touch - let the children play with the food using their fingers. encourage them to close their eyes and then pass them some fruit. Can they tell you what fruit it is? Talk about how they feel - are there parts that are hard or soft? They might like to squish soft fruits between their fingers or touch them to their lips.
Smell - if they are happy to do so, help them to smell the different fruits. Ask them if it smells yummy or yucky!
Taste - If your child wants to taste some of the fruit, that's great! make sure they have washed their hands before picking it up.
Sound - you might even think about what the fruits sound like. Try knocking the whole fruits with a knuckle or seeing what sound it makes if you drop it from a height.
Add 5 cups of flour to 1 cup of oil.
Mix well then add toys and tools in a big tray.
As your child is playing, narrate what they are doing to extend their use of language.
Simply mix the ingredients together:
The cornflour dough should not be sticky, chalky or crumbly. If it is sticky add a tiny bit of cornflour. If it is dry add a tiny bit of water.
Knead the mixture onto a surface by folding it in half and pressing it down a few times.