Sensory Play

Sensory Play
Yesterday afternoon me and Bella found ourselves with nothing to do, a rare moment when we were both feeling a little bit bored. We’d just dropped Maisy at nursery, Lottie was asleep and daddy was at work so we had no one to entertain us.
I had a rummage though the arts and crafts box which is a cardboard box on top of the fridge that currently consists of some dried out glue, paper plates and 3 pipe cleaners. Note to self – must stock up on some crafty bits. I know some crafty people could probably create something fantastic with this but I am a little bit rubbish so that was just a none starter.
Eventually we decided to get some rice out good old rice, when I’ve done this in the past she has literally just eaten some, chucked some then got bored.

sensory play


This time I was a little bit more creative though(10 mummy points to me). I found these magnetic letters and numbers and a magnetic fishing rod from some other game and we had loads of fun fishing them out of the rice.

It was great for Bella because she knows her alphabet but doesn’t know how to read the letters so was learning how to put the sounds to the letter.

She spent at least an hour and a half just sorting them out, burying them in the rice and having the odd mouth full(of course), in toddler time this is about 3 days, so it was amazing. I usually avoid these sorts of sensory activities at home and leave it to playgroup because of the dreaded mess. But although there was rice everywhere including Bella’s hair we had lots of fun with it.


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  1. July 22, 2014 / 6:26 pm

    You know, I’ve still not played with rice and I think my son would love it. He doesn’t like getting too messy but likes messy play! This could be ideal. Thanks 🙂 #thethemegame

  2. July 22, 2014 / 6:48 pm

    Aww sounds like a great activity, love the letter learning and all the coordination skills with the fishing rod! Clever mummy! 🙂 xx #thethemegame

  3. July 22, 2014 / 8:18 pm

    Rice, rice, everywhere! Great fun had by all 😉 #TheThemeGame

  4. October 4, 2014 / 7:08 pm

    Clever mummy indeed. Brings back memories. My children are grown. You can extend this activity into an entirely new one by collecting the rice and making a bean bag for a tossing game. If, that is, it is possible to gather enough up. 😉 Enjoyed stopping by for #ArchiveDay.

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