It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago and I was lucky enough to be bought several bunches of flowers. Flowers are one of my favourite things to be given – having fresh flowers in the house brings me so much joy! If I had lots of money to spend I have seen some fresh cut flower subscription boxes….you know like the veg box schemes…what a luxury! Anyway, as the days have gone on the flowers have begun to wilt, and I came home recently to find some of my lovely peonies had shed their petals over the floor. However rather than wasting them I thought this was a great opportunity for some sensory play…it’s like two pressies in one!
Firstly we put some of the petals in T’s tray. She enjoyed feeling them and describing how they felt. We got out the hose and she sprayed in some water, and then used the hose to fill her watering can with which she continued to fill the tray.
She enjoyed splashing and stirring and requested that I get some glitter to add to her mixture. She told me it was porridge! It looked somewhat more decorative than porridge, I have to say, but whatever, we’ll go with it.
The following day I put out some more petals on a tray, and added some mint, lavender and oregano from the garden. I put these out with her scissors and a cupcake case.
She enjoyed snipping them into small pieces, smelling their scents and asking me to tell her the names of the different plants. She also continued playing with her porridge, and splashing it all over me! Good thing the weather has cheered up!
In April T and I planted some seeds, and this week we were able to harvest our first courgette! I’m glad to have one that the slugs haven’t got to. It looks like we have a few more on the way too!
We also dug up some potatoes this week. Every time another one appeared, T jumped in the air and shouted “Tato! Yippeeee! Yay yay!!”
One of T’s favourite games recently is playing ‘ice creams’. We play it regularly but we always just imagine the ice creams and their various toppings. This week I decided to use some of the natural resources we had to provide opportunities for extending this play. We used some play dough as the ice cream and loo roll centres as the cones. T used various natural resources as the different toppings. She enjoyed looking at the imprints the different leaves and petals made in the dough.
We also did some painting in the garden this week. We used different natural materials as our paintbrushes to make marks on a large sheet of paper.
We’ve had such a fab week with all this nature play! I meant to get involved with 30 Days Wild (which I think was in June) but I didn’t get around to it. No reason why we can’t do our own though eh?! It’s been great to be able to enjoy some more time outside now the summer seems to have arrived, albeit reluctantly! I will definitely be trying to incorporate some more outdoor play over the coming months.