Carrying on with our Autumn theme this week, the kids and I have had some fun with a really simple Autumn sensory play kit we put together.
This was so simple to make and so far we’ve got quite a lot out of it. To make it we used:
- blackcurrant playdough
- brown leaves
- green leaves
- frozen blackberries we picked ourselves
- conkers- both in the green shells and out. I made sure to snip the spikes on the shells so that they weren’t sharp prickles but not smooth either. I didn’t want anyone to get hurt!
- pine cones
The blackcurrant playdough was made by following The Imaginaion Tree’s scented play dough recipe with jelly crystals. We were out of salt though, so our dough lasted only for this one play session.
I set out the materials on the Tuff Spot and invited the children to play, interested to see what they would go for first. As predicted, The Baby went straight for the blackberries. She spent a long time touching them, surprised that they were so cold. Then she discovered they made a fun noise when she dropped them back into the bowl, so much of her play was centred around scooping and pouring and transferring them from hands to bowl, and bowl to bowl. Then, of course, she spent some time tasting them too!
The Big One was a little more thoughtful in her play. She used the play dough and materials to make pictures, using large green leaves as her base, and arranging the other materials in the play dough. I was so touched to hear her talking to the little ones, asking them what the materials felt like, and could they smell the play dough? She spent a while talking to the preschooler about her pictures too; it was so lovely to hear her engaging with her younger siblings this way!
The preschooler and I also made good use of the materials on offer. We spent a fair while investigating the play dough. We smelt it, we touched it, we squished it and we rolled it. We used it to make letters and spell out his name. We used it to build towers with conkers and then to turn those towers into caterpillars. The scented play dough was a lovely sensory experience, but also great for working on problem solving too. We spent time taking it in turns to make patterns with the dough and the other materials and asking each other to complete the pattern for us. The preschooler enjoyed this activity!
We also used the materials to make shapes and patterns by pressing them into the dough. Alternative ways to play:
- cinnamon scented dough
- dried orange slices
- all spice scented rainbow rice with cups and spoons for scooping and pouring
What other materials would you add to an Autumn Sensory play kit?