An invitation to play

A few weeks ago I saw a pin  from another blog that made me say 'Wow' out loud.   I know, right? It was an idea so simple, I'm not sure why I hadn't thought of it before.

I'm always looking for different sensory materials for play. Ones that can be kept and reused easily, ones that don't always use food, ones that can be cleaned up easily. 

We've tried lots of different mediums....


There's been all the obvious ones - plenty of sand, water

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and, of course, mud

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and even more mud :)

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There's been paint



shaving cream paint,

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shaving cream with ice,

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snow in summer,


cloud dough  (lovely stuff but don't add water unless you're done with it),

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playdough play,

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An invitation to play.  To see more on this and many other ways to play visit http://youclevermonkey.blogspot.com.au/

plenty of rice (sometimes plain, sometimes rainbow coloured),

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pulses and seeds in the kitchen,

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reactions and smells,

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paper - plain,

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and sticky.

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We've played with goop, water beads (oh soooo bouncy), cornflour and shaving cream, glass beads, salt, moon sand, bubble wrap, paint on foil, the list goes on.

But it's winter time here and something that doesn't get everyone soaked but will get them outside for awhile is perfect.  This was their newest invitation to play -


An invitation to play.  To see more on this and many other ways to play visit http://youclevermonkey.blogspot.com.au/

An invitation to play.  To see more on this and many other ways to play visit http://youclevermonkey.blogspot.com.au/


 A big bag of wild bird seed - perfect for winter play.  For mixing, measuring, pouring, for running through your fingers and then sweeping up for the birds.

I liked this pin too but might need longer to collect enough beads!

It's from a fantastic site full of sensory tub ideas for play.  Visit rubber boots and elf shoes to see more.

And if you're not sure why sensory play is important, read this great post by Not Just Cute.

If you are looking for other sensory play ideas, visit my Pinterest board - Sensory Play


What other sensory materials have you used at home or in a classroom with great success?





9 comments

  1. I love the bird seed one and I bet the birds love the spillage too!

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    1. That's what I mean about the easy clean up!
      I just have to remember to cover the top when we're finished playing.

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  2. We love doing this with our chicken feed. Lots of interesting (biggish) seeds to sort and pour and then when we are done the chooks come and eat it! So much fun!

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    1. No chooks here (yet - just one healthy looking fox so we don't dare). Kids moved the plastic animals out there to play instead. Sparrows are doing their own sorting if I don't cover the tub ;)

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  3. We've never used seeds before, ill definitely be trying this :-)

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    1. The animals (plastic ones that is) were out playing in our tub today so still getting plenty of use. Would love to hear what you get up to with yours :)

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  4. Hi Nichole. This looks so inviting! I've never used birdseed, but I bet all the textures and concept learning are great! Thank you for sharing today!

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    1. It's still getting plenty of use but we've had plenty of different items added over time - plastic animals, silicon cake moulds, spoons/cups/small jugs, a divided tray for sorting (thanks Kate from Picklebums for that idea), plastic tubes. I love that there's no real cleaning up. It can just be swept up for the birds :)

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  5. We've used Thistle Seed with funnels and tubes. Love the delicate sound it makes as it flows through the funnels.
    http://strongstart.blogspot.ca/2013/04/thistle-seed.html

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