Sycamore Sensory Play

Here are some holiday sensory play ideas to try at home.

Washing Toys

Why? Water with soap gives great sensory feedback, and we are learning life skills of cleaning!

How?  Fill a basin/sink half full of water, a little dish soap and add some toys. (You could put the basin in a bathtub if you are worried about splashing)

Icey toys

Why? As part of our topic we have been exploring hot/cold. Ice and water is a great way to explore this.

How? Using a container freeze some small plastic toys in water. Then put these into a basin and watch them move around as we explore. If you add cups of warm water the toys will escape the ice quicker.

Ice Painting

Why? As part of our topic we have been exploring hot/cold. Ice and water is a great way to explore this.

How? Using a container create some coloured ice cubes with food colouring and water. Pop these into a basin and explore the colours as they melt together.  We can also use them as paintbrushes on paper.

Winter Gloop

Why? As part of our topic we have been exploring hot/cold. Ice and gloop is a another great way to explore this.

How? High mess warning! Pop some cornflower (1/2 cup) and water (1/2 cups) into a basin. Mix well. This ooblek is both a liquid and a solid and great fun to explore. (Add glitter, food colouring, or anything you would like to the mixture) (peppermint oil and red food colouring makes a great candy cane gloop!)

Hot Chocolate

Why? As part of our Christmas topic we have been exploring common Christmas smells and tastes

How? High mess warning! Pop some cornflower (1/2 cup) and a tablespoon of hot chocolate powder in a bowl, mix well. Stir in some (1/3 cup) milk. Pop mixture into a basin and play!

Christmas Sensory Box

Why? As part of our Christmas topic we have been exploring Christmas decorations

How? Find an empty box/bag. Put in any Christmas decorations you may have that are not breakable/sentimental (tinsel and larger baubles work really well). Sit with us, and pull items out of the box, giving us time to feel and explore them.

Christmas Lights

Why? As part of our Christmas topic we have been exploring Christmas decorations

How? If you have a clear box with a lid (such as a Tupperware) pop the lights in this and allow us to watch them twinkle.

Seasonal Scented Oats

Why? As part of our Christmas topic we have been exploring common Christmas smells and tastes.

How? In smaller tubs mix a cup of oats (Rice Crispies work too) with a drop/sprinkle of smell. Mix well. Allow us to open the tubs, smell, explore and pour into a larger baisin. We will enjoy mixing different smells together.

You could try: peppermint oil, orange oil, vanilla extract, cinnamon, ginger, or any other spices you may have at home

Christmas Music

Why? As part of our Christmas topic we have been exploring common Christmas songs.

How? Super simple songs on youtube has some brilliant Christmas songs with nice colourful animations. You could sing and dance with us, or make some drums out of pots and pans.