Friday, 22 April 2016

Easy Sensory Small World Play for Toddlers

toddler activities, small world, sensory play

toddler activities, small world, sensory play
toddler activities, small world, sensory play
toddler activities, sensory play, small world

Working in Early Years, I'm always thinking of new things to do with Taylor to keep him busy and build on his skills.
But it's super easy for anyone to throw things together to create a quick, fun activity on a rainy day. 

When the children are bored of their toys or rain has put a stop to your planned activities, grab a few things from around the house and create a new activity to keep them busy! 

I put together this Easy Sensory Small World Play using dry food [porridge oats and pasta], a few toys [people, animals, cars] in a small tray on a messy floor mat [we use a shower curtain].

I love observing Taylor with new activities, simply setting up the tray and sitting back to see what he does! He began by moving the small world toys around the oats and then he obviously enjoyed the feel of the dry food as he began exploring with his fingers, sprinkling the oats over his trousers and then he decided he wanted his socks off and to feel the oats with his feet! I thought this was fantastic!

It takes just a few minutes to set up and there is minimum mess, any dry food can simply be hoovered up from the floor afterwards. The tray can be put away in a cupboard for future use and you can add different toys or objects.

A simple rainy day activity using nothing other than toys and dry food from your kitchen cupboards, perfect for building on sensory skills and imagination. 

What quick and easy activities do you do with your little ones?

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  1. Fab idea. I never thought of mixing oats and pasta together. Bet it's good fun for little ones x

  2. we love stuff like this. I always have a bag of lentils, chick peas, rice etc to hand for days when they just won't engage in something. throw a load of different things into the tuff tray or a plastic box and add some tools and they love it.

  3. This is such a good idea, i took Corben to a messy play last week and he loved it, never thought about re-creating it at home!

    - Cydney x

  4. Cool idea. We've made playdough, colourful dried rice and edible paint. Haven't done anything for a while though. Need to get back on it.


  5. I've worked in early years for a few years now, I think the best thing by far has to be the water and sand, classic but still the kids love to get involved!

    1. You can add so much to the sand & water to keep it exciting cant you?

  6. I run out of ideas for indoor activities I tend to rely on outdoor things to entertain my babes. So this is really helpful, my youngest may have issues to not putting some things in her mouth but maybe if I box up a separate sensory play with only oatmeal she'd be safe to eat it if she had to. My son would be obsessed with your other ideas though

  7. I really need to do some more sensory play with mine. I always forget! Thank you so much for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky x

  8. I would never have thought of using oats and pasta, but I will definitely give it a go next week! What a lovely simple idea. Thanks for linking up to #HappyDaysLinky x

  9. Good idea & so simple! Love the fact that it doesn't really make much mess either! #twinklytuesday

  10. What a brilliant idea, I did something similar to this when LP was a toddler!
    Thanks for linking to #PoCoLo


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