Today the baby dined on mud and worms in the Tuff spot.
I want her to take part in our themes each week, as much as she can, and since the preschooler was at, um, preschool today, I decided to set something up just for her. I try to keep her messy play sessions as simple as I can, and as edible as I can too. It’s just easier than having to hover over her taking inedible items out of her mouth all the time! So today we used mud, worms, and a large magnifying glass for ‘bug spotting’.
To make the mud and worms I:
- cheated and bought a Smart Price madeira cake (58p) which I blended to a crumb
- added a little cocoa powder and a little water to make it sticky mud
- cooked, drained and cooled some spaghetti
- added the two ingredients together
I rubbed half of the spaghetti into the mud mixture so that the worms were a brown colour, and left the other half plain for an extra sensory delight! Add a magnifying glass and you are away! Mud and worms that you can eat! I say you- you probably won’t want to, but your baby will!
I placed the whole lot onto a plate on the Tuff Spot and the baby wasted no time it getting herself settled down to explore. She knows now that when the Tuff Spot comes out, it’s time to play and there is often no stopping her! Today she started with tentative bites but soon was shovelling hand fulls of worms into her mouth! The Big One was fantastic. She took on my role:
- she helped the baby to explore the different textures of the mud and worms
- asked her what the mud felt like and what it tasted like
- helped her to explore the worms, making her laugh by wiggling them infront of her face and dropping them onto her legs
The Big One was instrumental in this sensory experience for the baby!
In fact, The Big One enjoyed today almost as much as the baby did. I’ve always maintained that older children can get as much out of sensory play as younger children and this was one fine example today. Not only was she able to help set up the play, but The Big One also interacted with the baby beautifully, whilst at the same time tasting, touching and exploring in her own way. She used the spaghetti to makes patterns and tie it around her fingers.
The Big One also played a huge role in the fact that baby had so much fun with this edible mud and worms! She loved having the magnifying glass put in front of her face and watching the worms fall onto her toes. Older children are invaluable for keeping little ones amused!