Lentils, chickpeas and garden finds make the perfect sensory experience! Heidi (@the_harmony_tree_house )
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Sensory Play | I read my first article on sensory play and the importance of it when I was newly pregnant, all the way back in 2014.
I was still processing the fact that there was a tiny human growing in my tummy, I had no idea about being mum, but what I did know is I wanted to raise creative souls.
Sensory play has been such a incredible tool in our household. I use it to help sooth both frustration and boredom. And it teaches my boys to communicate and work together. It gives my three year old the opportunity to 'teach' his brother things. During this particular activity as I sipped on my tea I heard him tell his brother, that he can eat the mint, it is yummy but please do not eat the chickpeas as they are not cooked and could hurt your belly if you eat too many. I was proud he felt confident to direct his brother, helping him to explore their environment in a safe way.
I like to provide different tools and materials for them to explore with. Different textures and different ways of experimenting and learning about them. Large bamboo tongs to pick up gumnuts. Mortar and pestles to grind herbs and flowers. Mint lavender and Rose petals are favourites for us. Scooping and pouring with different sized scoops spoons and vessels. I like to choose items that are not plastic, wooden and ceramic work well - just supervise if your babe is known for banging things together. But I have found using ceramic jugs to be a good way to teach mindful and gentle play.
We are massive on childled play in our house and I feel sensory play provides a perfect opportunity for exploration.
Also sometimes they may be engaged for hours sometimes minutes and that is ok. I think it is important to understand this is normal and sometimes what my children find engaging one day they may not enjoy the next so it is important to change things up regularly.
Our beautiful wooden chopping board knife, mortar and pestles and rain scoop are available from @arkandluna
Tuff trays can be purchased from @invitationtoplay