I’m quite a clean person but I love the idea of Baby R getting messy once in a while if it improves his development. Im part of a sensory group on Facebook (Sensonry Play Ideas for Children) and the parents in their have some amazing ideas! Mud kitchens, water towers, the works!
We began our sensory experience with little things in Baby R’s toy box. A body buffer (one of those colourful scrunchy things), a silver blanket (one of those you get wrapped around you after a race or accident), a light up spikey ball along with a few other textured things. He still enjoys playing with them now and will stare at the lights or feel the scrunchy between his fingers (although he prefers chewing on the sucker attached to it.) The best item is definitely the blanket! It keeps him occupied for ages with its mirror surface and crunchy texture.
Today we tried a form of “messy play”. You mix cornflour with water and food colouring and it creates a gloop of sorts. We got a wood spoon, couple of spatulas and those little plastic baskets that you poach eggs in and off the little mite went, smashing his hands in it and attempting to pick it up. We had invited some of his friends around to play with him and they all had fun…minus one who didn’t like getting dirty – bless him! I also introduced water beads which I got on eBay for a few quid. They come tiny and you soak them in water so they balloon up. People put them in vases sometimes. As much as they were great fun and my little boy enjoyed bashing them so they bounced everywhere, they aren’t edible so that make it a bit stressful when babies put everything in heir mouths. I may try something more edible in future but will definitely do cornflour gloop again!
Watch this space for more sensory/messy play fun!