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P - T in the ABCs of Sensory Play

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This is part 4 of the ABCs of Sensory Play. Please do go back and read from A-E, F-J, and K-O. 

P is for Paint 
Playing with paint can be ultimately sensorial; its colourful, can be textured, smelly, some can be edible... plus it can provide endless opportunities for open ended creativity. You can make a simple home made paint and add a multitude of things to to it, you can also use shaving foam as a base for paint.  

Here are some ideas for sensory play with paint:

Q is for Quick

Setting up sensory play does not have to be time consuming or complicated. Here are some quick and easy ideas:

R is for Relaxation  

Sensory play can be very therapeutic for both children and adults.

Take a look at our 15 Play Ideas to Help Children Calm Down for some great relaxing sensory play. 

S is for Small World 
Small World play is wonderful. It incorporates so much learning, imagination and sensory play. There are so many fantastic small world play ideas out there... but here are a few of ours and a few of my favourites. 

There are just so many ideas for small world play... if you have never set one up before, take a box or tray, pick a scene or theme, like 'farmyard', 'beach', 'garden', etc. and choose some simple sensory materials that you have at home and just be creative; look at pictures in books or photos on the internet for inspiration, get your little one to join in with ideas too. I bet you'll have just as much fun as your kids! 

This post, 'Building a World in a Box' from Small Potatoes is great for getting started with small world play. 

T is for Trays and Tubs  

Sensory trays are probably the most common form of sensory play, and there is literally one for everything - have you been on pinterest lately?? 

Royal Baloo is doing the ABCs of Sensory Tubs so make sure you check that out. 

Creating a sensory tray is pretty simple. You can make it as big or small and as simple or elaborate as you choose. You need a tub, box or tray and some basic sensory materials (see M is for Materials for over 100 ideas). Picking a theme can help, but is not essential. Place your items in the tray as randomly or as meticulously as you like (they will get messed up regardless), and you could add some sort of scoops, spoons or pots too, but hands work just as well. And then let your kids loose! 

This is a fantastic post from Pin and Green Mama: 'Sensory Boxes; 101 Tips and Inspiration', and this 'Sensory Trays: why, when and where?' from Dirt and Boogers is a must read too!

Here are some sensory tray ideas that I love:

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I could go on and on and on.......... are you inspired yet?? :) 

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