Since Neirin finished preschool I’ve been conscious of trying to create more activities with him in mind. I’ve been pinning lots of different ideas for sensory activities that I can use with both boys and so far this week it has been going really well.
The first try, boxes of soapy water, was a resounding success and had the happy by product of clean toys!
I love how something so simple can be so soothing and entertaining at the same time, Neirin particularly enjoys moving water around, pouring it from one vessel to another and rescuing his toys from the depths of the tiny ocean.
Our next outing was more ambitious, I created spaghetti sensory boxes that I saw here using a corn pasta that I didn’t like and was glad to be rid of. It was stickier and dried out a bit quickly so I think I would use a gluten pasta next time. The boys wrapped and cut the pasta, using it to create scenes with their toys and seemed to enjoy the experience. The chickens also got the benefit of an afternoon pasta snack which they scoffed in record time!
Neirin played with the pasta for about half an hour before it got too sticky, he then moved on to the bathroom sink where he spent another 20 minutes or so washing his hands and cleaning his toys. It is fascinating to me how a sink of water never loses its appeal no matter how fancy a Mummy tries to get!
This morning I broke out the Cloud Sand that we made a couple of weeks ago, the boys still really enjoy it and it gave them a good half hour of fun; for me that justifies the cleanup required as no matter how hard we try that stuff just goes all over the place!
My goal is to have some kind of sensory activity available each day, in addition to outside play and pool time, all valuable large body work. Though Huwyl happily joins in I’m focusing my attention on Neirin’s needs for this one. Moving as we are into the more complex emotional work of a nearly seven year old (gulp) I sometimes forget how straightforward the threes are. Play, food and attention at regular intervals really do cut it as far as my little chap is concerned.
Oh and cuddles. Lots and lots of cuddles. At Mummy’s request of course.