Have you heard about the 100 Days of Play Challenge? It’s very cool; dreamed up by awesome mamas, Rachel of Sun Scholars and Maggy of Life at the Zoo, to inspire all of us mamas to just play, simply play, with our kids every day for 100 days.
It’s such a wonderful reminder that play with our kids doesn’t have to be elaborate. It just needs to be intentional and authentic time with our kids.
Some Super Simple Toddler Sensory Play
As part of the challenge, 100 different bloggers are sharing their simple play ideas each day for 100 days.
Well, today is MY DAY, and I’m thrilled to share one of our ideas for simple toddler sensory play…
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Exploring Circles through Sensory Play
With my toddler, J.C., in his high chair, I gave him a handful of different sized and colored pom-poms. While he explored them, I grabbed some fuzzy, colorful pipe cleaners and shaped them into circles.
Quick, easy, spur of the moment toddler sensory play!
With just these two sensory play “ingredients,” we practiced comparing sizes, sorting pipe cleaner rings from pom poms, sorting colors, fine motor skills with placing pom poms inside rings, and MORE.
J.C. doesn’t see a pipe cleaner or pom-pom he doesn’t want now!
More Sensory Play Ideas:
- Carrot Patch Sensory Play
- Silly Sensory Ball Painting
- Creative Play with a New Sensory Favorite
- 12 Messy Sensory Play Ideas – Totally Worth the Mess!
- Learning Shapes on the Light Table
Pom pom idea is great. However, I would suggest that any child under 3 (still in the “mouthy”/oral stage) should use the XL, 3-4” pom poms for this activity. The small size is not appropriate for the age, and rare is the daycare/childcare that could give the one-on-one attention this would require to be even minimally safe to attempt.
I would say to moms-procede with extreme caution. Just when you say, “Oh, my child never…” , is when your child DOES.
Krissy @ B-Inspired Mama says
That’s great advice, Joyce. Thank you!
featured you this week on the kids co-op 🙂
Amy @ Molly Learns says
Great post! We love those little pom poms. They are one of our favorite toys!
Emma (My Little 3 and Me) says
What a lovely idea, so simple, so effective, so appealing.
look at those teeny hands, love them. would love if you came by and shared on our #kidsinthekitchen linky this week http://lookwhatmomfound.com/2013/05/making-a-forever-flower-kidsinthekitchen.html