SENSORY PLAY WITH ZIGGY! IT’S BEE A WHILE ADMITTEDLY, BUT HE WAS IN REAL NEED FOR SOME MESSY FUN. ZIGS HAS GOT TO AN AGE WHERE HE NOTICES “MESS” AND THE “UNCLEAN”. WHILST IT’S FINE TO WANT CLEAN HANDS, THERE ARE MESSY PLAY MOMENTS WHEN IT’S NOT NECESSARY TO WIPE YOUR HANDS EVERY 2 MINUTES. SO I CREATED A PLAY TIME TO TRY AND COMBAT HIS ‘NEED FOR CLEAN’.
Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Sensory activities and sensory tables facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore. – PBS Org
This activity was pretty straight forward, we got the messiest of media out of our art box; paint, glitter, glitter paints… it was great! I purchased a large roll of paper for no more than £1.99, these are available from places such as The Range, Wilkinsons, if you don’t have any local to you a simple roll of wallpaper would suffice. We used poster paints- specifically made for kids. They were non-toxic and easy to clean off any surface.
I left the pots out for Ziggy to investigate, gave him a paint brush and said”go!”. He was very intrigued, mainly because these are colourful things that he was actually allowed to open. It took a few minutes for him to come out of his comfort zone, but once he had reassurance that he could go nuts, he certainly did. Opening and closing tight lids, unscrewing, pouring, sprinkling, these were all great ways to practice his motor skills.
I let Zig’s play until he had enough, he was pleased with his creation and even I was surprised he lasted so long without cringing at his paint covered feet, aka “messy/dirty’ feet. Once dried I framed and hung up his beautiful work, he absolutely loves it! A little self confidence boost on a Saturday morning brought a lovely smile to his face.
Sareta Fontaine is the founder of Kiki Blah-Blah; a modern lifestyle blog aimed initially at mum’s but has since grown. Since 2016, Sareta has worked on the platform, both designing and creating a space for other bloggers to share their thoughts and feelings, while also sharing hers.