Location: Chingford
27th July 2017

The Toddler Blog- Sensory Shapes

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Sensory Shapes

Rabbits Children (1-2 years) and Squirrels Children (3-15 months) loved playing with the sensory shapes in rabbits room. The sensory blocks come in various colours and have different sensory materials inside them. Elijah enjoyed shaking one of the shapes as it has balls inside, this supports his Physical Development and his Expressive Art Development as he is using his strength to shake the shapes and he is exploring them by making sounds. Phoebe enjoyed looking through one of the shapes as it was tinted and teaching her friends to do the same, supporting her Personal Social Emotional Development as she was engaging in a group activity, Whilst doing this activity we discussed what colours the shapes were and encouraged the children to repeat the colour names. Phoebe said "boo (blue)" and Saphari said "ed (red)", this supports both there Communication Language and Mathematical Development. Beth enjoyed stacking up the shapes and making a tower, she put them on top of each other one by one and then knocked them down whist giggling.


What is sensory play?

Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child's senses: touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight and hearing. Sensory activities facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create and explore.


Creating a sensory play environment at home

It is important for children to have a range of sensory play activities and spaces available to them at home. This would include opportunities for active sensory play and area which are calm without a lot of stimulation. The aim is to provide a sensory experience that meets the individual needs of the children in a fun and flexible learning space.


Tips for parents 

  • Organise physical indoor and outdoor areas for your child so they have flexible spaces that include quiet, active, dry and wet areas that help to calm or alert them in their play.
  • Ensure your child has access to materials they can shape and adapt, such as play dough.
  • Using lighting and soft furnishings such as cushions and blankets to create separate spaces.

Activities to try at home

Sensory Tubes- Fill a empty tube with rice or beads and close the ends. Let your child shake away and create sounds with their new musical instrument! This activity can help support your child's Physical Development.

Play Dough- Mix together some flour, water and oil until it turns to dough. If you would like coloured play dough add some paint and mix in with the dough. Provide some play dough tools and let your child get creative. This activity can help with their Communication Language and Expressive Art Development.

Bubble Bath- Giving your child a wash? Add some bubbles to the bath to create a fun sensory experience for them to explore. This activity supports their Personal Social Emotional and Expressive Arts.

Finger Painting- Let your child get messy whilst being creative. They can feel the texture of the paints whilst making a colourful picture! This activity can help with their Expressive Art Development.