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Every so often the discussion about using food vs non-food in sensory bins pops up in discussions around the web. We use both but when it comes to food, I do try and use expired or out of date food or like the day a new 2kg bag of flour fell of the top shelf of our pantry and onto the floor - food that would have only made it to the bin otherwise. Of course, cooking with your kids is a fantastic way to experience hands-on play with food in a respectful manner.
Play Dough allows for plenty of different ways to play. Why not set up a pretend environment to encourage play? A handful of Schleich animals and your preschooler will want to play all afternoon.
Paper pulp is easy to make from recycled shredded paper. Why not make some of your own paper after play? Here's how to make your own paper.
Rocks we love! Easy to find, simple to store but so many different ways to play. Perfect for making invitations to play! Check out these DIY projects to try.
Kinetic sand is a new favourite here. Expensive to buy but ours has lasted well and no-one can keep their hands out of it!
Hot weather? Shaving cream and ice are a great way to spend a hot afternoon.
Frozen blocks of ice are another way to play on a hot day. We love our Schleich animals.
Fake snow offers another alternative for warm weather days. Add some glass gems and some animals to recreate to Arctic World.
Paint! Finger painting never gets old.
Found objects = the cheapest, simplest way to play!
Shredded paper. Better when there's lots to play in!
What has been your favourite non-food base for sensory play? No photos but water beads should be in this list too - we love playing with those and super foamy bubbles, shells, glass gems, birdseed, fresh glass clippings, pom poms and coloured sand. What would you add?
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