I don’t know about you, but I find it much harder to think of ways to entertain A than I do for T! I think a lot of it is to do with the fact that he is at the age where everything will go in his mouth, so everything needs to be taste-safe and large enough that there is no risk of choking. I find this quite limiting – I find it much harder to be inventive with his play than I do with T!
However, I’ve been doing a couple of Easter things for T and I wanted to do something for A. I’ve been keeping my eye out for some transparent eggs so that I could make him some sensory eggs. I finally came across some in Tiger! Got to love that shop. It’s rare that I come out empty handed.
While A was napping I had a bit of a think about what to include in the eggs. I wanted objects that were eye catching and visually stimulating. I had a few things that I could include, but in the end I went for:
A classic Easter decoration!
It’s become quite fashionable of late to put these in baubles and I always think how lovely they look. I’d have preferred more natural looking feathers than these craft feathers but they do the job!
T was given this last year and it’s great for a bit of Easter sensory play.
Brightly coloured and eye-catching!
This was the first thing I thought of when deciding what to fill the eggs with. I love the scrunched texture and how it reflects the light.
I wanted to use some natural objects and began by using twigs, across and conkers. But it looked a bit too autumnal so I thought I’d use some forsythia cuttings. They look beautiful – but I’m not sure how long they will last!
There are lots of things you could use to fill the eggs. For example, there are many food items which would make a good sound inside these eggs, such as rice, pasta or lentils. You could add visual interest by using food colouring to dye them first! I did try using some bells that we have but they didn’t make a nice sound with the plastic eggs. You could also use buttons to make a good shaker sound. I also would have liked to include some water or oil in one egg, along with some glitter, but they just weren’t secure enough! However if I had superglued them closed that may have been possible.
Many of the objects used would be too small to A to play with outside of the sensory eggs, so to ensure his safety I taped the eggs shut (I used tape rather than glue as we can then reuse them!) He also won’t be left alone with them, just to be absolutely sure. The ribbon is also knotted on very securely so there is no chance of it coming off when he inevitably unties it!
What he is learning:
- Interacting with others; paying attention; showing interest; exploring objects
- Holding objects; passing from one hand to the other; exploring with mouth
- Learning that actions have an effect, e.g. shaking and making a sound