Recently I started a section on the blog called ‘For the Love of Books’ which aims to encourage parents and guardians to explore the world of literature with their children.
But as we are approaching World Book Day 2016, I thought I would begin to explore ways I could incorporate messy and sensory play with story time to make it more engaging for my children. So over the next week I will be sharing with you, some of the activities we get up to while enjoying our favourite books.
Today, I made a sensory bin focused on the classic story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
For this sensory bin you will need:
- A tray
- Porridge oats
- Wooden clothes pegs
- A kitchen roll tube
- Green paper
- Pine cones
I poured some porridge oats into a tray and layered some brightly coloured feathers on top at one end. I then coloured three wooden clothes pegs brown to signify the bears and one blue, with a yellow top to signify Goldilocks. I then cut out a cloud like shape from green paper, then stuck it onto the top of a kitchen roll tube to create a large tree and scattered three pinecone around it to make little trees.
I read the boys the story of Golidlocks and the three bears, while acting out the scenes with the sensory bin. After a while Oliver started moving the characters around himself and began to discover the different textures of all of the different parts of the sensory bin.
Although Elijah is still quite small, he is getting to the age where he is beginning to take in the world around him. While he was sat in his snug, I poured some porridge oats onto the tray, gave him a feather, a pine cone and a wooden clothes peg for him to explore. As he is four months old, he tries to put everything into his mouth, so I did spend a lot of time stopping him from trying to eat the porridge oats, so if I was to do this again, I would probably avoid that element of it for him. Elijah really enjoyed discovering new textures though and particularly liked being tickled with the brightly coloured feather.
*Note: This is not an edible sensory activity. All sensory activities should be supervised by an adult at all times. No child should be left unattended while partaking in this activity. I hold no responsibility for any damage, harm or injury caused by this activity.
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