Today we are playing with Valentine’s themed sensory bag! We loved doing sensory play serial throughout January and experimenting with new things.
Toddler enjoyed many new textures and experiences and I have witnessed how much she is now open to new things, after only a few weeks of active play! Believe it or not, she’s even more open to new flavours and foods and we are slowly getting her to stop being such a picky eater! So, it’s a win-win!
We have used for our chasing heart sensory bag several items: zip bag, heart shaped sequins, red bathing gel and marker to draw two hearts on the front. My older daughter helped me to put this sensory bag together and she was impressed with a cooling sense from a bathing gel. For an end, we have used tape to glue sensory bag on the plate, this was an easier way for a toddler to play.
I asked the toddler to try and push heart shaped sequins around until they would reach one of the heart outlines drawn on the bag. She had fun trying to chase them around! And older daughter wanted to steal the game! So I ended making another one! We might end up creating several other sensory bags at the later time and see what else we could use as fillers!
To get a bit more background about the importance of sensory play, we recommend you to read book Sensory Bins: the What, the How & the Why. It has basics covered with many play ideas, all in easy to understand language (for parents like me!). Another great book to check is 99 Fine Motor Ideas for Ages 1-5. Packed with fun things to do with toddlers and preschoolers!
In January, we are participating in 31 Day Sensory Play Challenge with the different daily sensory prompt. You can read more about this challenge over at Adventures of Adam.
TOMORROW WE ARE PLAYING WITH
Mihaela runs Best Toys 4 Toddlers blog and loves to come up with new ideas how to use old toys her 2 daughters keep leaving on the floor to slip over. She loves them despite the fact that they call her mommy few hundred times a day, and it makes her nuts.