Not long ago I published a post on our Strawberry Theme Birthday Party, we had a sensory tub full of rice for party friends to search for their prizes from our treasure hunt game. Here I have reused the strawberry scented rice to create a sensory play table with all kinds of tools to explore with.
What you will need?
You will need rice, strawberry essence, colouring and a range of scoops, shovels, sifts, funnels or any other containers you may have. You sometimes find these kinds of equipment for the beach and making sandcastles.
We have an activity table with edges up the sides so the rice will not fall off the table, but you could alternatively use a large plastic container/tub for this sensory play.
I love sensory play as it is unstructured and allows kids to explore freely. It is great for all ages, from the very young to big kids. We all love to play!
Sensory play that requires team work, social interactions and problem solving.
Experimenting with new things to see what happens and exploring cause and effect.
Sensory play promotes many learning experiences:
- Sensory play encourages children to manipulate and mould materials, building up their fine motor skills and coordination.
- Sensory play uses all 5 senses, but the sense of touch is often the most frequent. Toddlers and children process information through their senses. They learn through exploring these.
- Sensory play is unstructured, open-ended, not product-oriented; it is the purest sense of exploratory learning
- Self-esteem: sensory play offers kids the opportunity for self-expression because there is no right answer and children feel safe to change or experiment with what they are doing.
- Language development- experimenting with language and trying new words.
- Develop social skills: practising negotiation skills, turn taking and sharing. Provides opportunities for working out problems and experimenting with solutions.
- Encourages Imagination and creative play.
We have also used our Strawberry Scented Rice for another activity-
Click on the image to find out the recipe for scenting the rice and how to play Sensory Alphabet Hunt!