Location: Chingford
25th August 2017

The Toddler Blog- Sensory Board & Bottles

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Sensory Board & Bottles

Owls Room (1-2 years) loved playing with the sensory board & bottles this morning. Saphari loved spinning the wheel on the sensory board, a member of staff said “yay, spin”, Saphari copied them and said “Spin, Spin!” Harry then approached the sensory board and seemed slightly confused at first. Saphari was very welcoming and showed Harry what to do, she spun the wheel again, and he copied. Harry was then confident enough to move onto other areas of the board without support from other children. Harry said “S” when pointing to the board. Next to the board we had some sensory bottles. As soon as Vinnie saw the bottles he bum shuffled from across the room and picked up as many as he could. He was mesmerised by the stuff moving inside the bottles. Copying a child, he shakes the bottle and laughs; he repeats this for a while. Oliver sees Vinnie shaking the bottles and also bum shuffles over and again begins copying. Many of these acts link to the EYFS and help support children’s development. For example, when Saphari helped Harry understand how to use the spinning wheel, she was forming a relationship with him, and Harry was showing comfort in copying and trusting her. This links under Personal Social, Emotional. When the children spoke about the activity they were learning new words to new objects, this links under Communication Language. Vinnie and Oliver bum shuffled across the floor and were shaking the sensory bottles, this supports their Physical Development as they are using their gross motor skills to shake, and using body strength to move.


Fun Facts about Sensory

  1. There are more than 5 sensory systems. The 5 that most of us recognise and know are sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing; however did you know that scientists state there are up to 21 senses in the human body? The two most important for the growth and development of children are proprioceptive and vestibular systems.
  2. Every child has their own sensory needs and preferences. Most ways children approach an activity and react to an environment are related to our systems. For example there could be a smell we absolutely loved or a taste that we hate, all of these preferences are related to our sensory systems.
  3. Sensory play involves the whole body. You may think of sensory play being for your hands, such as play dough, fingers painting etc. However sensory play is much more, helping children regulate and organise their sensory systems involves the whole body, from their head to their toes.


Sensory Play Activities

Squishy Bag- Add some paint to a sealed bag and put on a flat surface. This is a sensory experience for children to see how colours mix and form other colours.  Children use their hands to blend and squish the different colours of paint together.


Play dough- Add some water, oil and flower to a bowl. Mix together until you get a nice dough texture. Add some paint if you would like it to be coloured playdough.


Sensory Bottles- Use an empty bottle and fill with different objects. To enable it to shake and make noise you will need to add rice etc. To make sure it floats, add some floating sequins etc. You can let your child choose any object they want to add.


Sand Art- All you need for this simple activity is paper, sand, glue and glue spreaders! Let your child get creative, let them spread as much glue over the paper as they like, they can then sprinkle the sand on top and let dry.