Not sure how this turns out in your house, but my kids are quite good at using up bandages! They love to play with their little animals friends and pretend they are healing them and taking then up to an animal hospital. And what kind of animal hospital it would be without bandages?!
For this reason, I decided to create for them set of masking tape bandages they can decorate themselves AND make them reusable! Using these more than once and more than on one animal is a huge plus! Although, these cheap homemade play bandages are easy enough to make from scratch each time!
To make homemade play bandages you will need only 2 things: masking tape and pieces of felt. Of course, you’ll need a scissors to cut them. Simply cut masking tape to a desired length and place in the middle a little felt square you prepared in advance. You can use scissors to round up corners if you wish. And if you would like to make them reusable, like we made ours, use transparent plastic to glue them while kids decorate. And they can glue it back once they are done with playing.
This is how we made our own bandages – we used a piece of plastic “window” from a toy box we recently purchased to glue our bandages on them, then cut around each of the bandages. (You can see how they turned out on the picture below.) Kids used markers to draw their own designs on the bandages although my older daughter showed more interest in decoration. Toddler just wanted to “heal” her little furry friends!
There were many accidents their animals experienced in next hour while they played! From broken legs and wings to painful tummies! Apparently one of unicorn broke her wing and we had to make a roll bandage from an old t-shirt and wrap her wing.
It’s been fun afternoon with kids as we played with their furry animal friends and took turns in role playing. Everyone wanted to be an animal doctor so we had to agree on taking turns! Our little animal vet pet kit was perfect for this play (we have similar set as this vet kit). Would love to know if your kids enjoy pretend playing vet’s office!? And which one is their favorite furry friend?
To get a bit more background about 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 different daily sensory prompt. You can read more about this challenge over at Adventures of Adam.