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SENSORY RECIPES

Although edible, these recipes are made for play, not for your plate.

Edible Gluten-Free No Bake Play Dough
By Fun at Home with Kids funathomewithkids.com

Ingredients
1 cup baby rice cereal
1 cup gluten-free cornflour
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
Unsweetened applesauce
Food colouring (optional)
Method
Combine 1 cup of baby rice cereal and 1 cup of cornflour.
Add ½ cup unsweetened applesauce, 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil and any food colouring (if desired).
Knead until mixture is smooth and pliable. If it’s too sticky, add more baby rice cereal and knead again. If too dry, wet hands and run your hands through the dough.
Store in a sealed container or bag in the refrigerator.

Edible Finger Paints
By Learning for Kids learning4kids.net
Ingredients
4 tablespoons of corn flour
Cold water
1 cup of boiling water
Liquid food colouring
Method
In a saucepan, mix cornflour with cold water to make a paste.
Pour 1 cup boiling water and stir out the lumps.
Heat mixture over medium heat until you notice
clear streaks forming in the mixture. Turn off
heat and continue stirring until mixture has a
custard-like consistency.
Spoon equal amounts into empty jars and add 3 drops of food colouring to each mixture.

PERCEPTUAL PLAY

Visual perception is how we make sense of our world. It is more than just seeing, it involves complex processes in our brain to understand what our eyes see. Visual perceptual skills are very important for reading and writing.

Help develop your child’s visual perceptual skills through play with these activities:

•• Shape sorters – Start with the round and square shapes and add the harder shapes as they improve.

•• Puzzles – Show how the pieces fit into the puzzle and then how pieces fit together to make a picture.

•• Memory and lotto style games – Play colour lotto or shape and number bingo.

•• Seek and find books – Encourage them to find the hidden objects within the pages, teach them to scan left to right along the page.

•• LEGO® and DUPLO® – Encourage them to follow each step and help by sorting the pieces until they have the skills to sort and find the right piece as well as assemble the design.

•• Connect 4 and Battleship – Great games for the bigger kids.


TOYS FOR PERCEPTUAL PLAY

1. Lunch Punch Puzzle Sandwich Cutter Two Pack – RRP $15.00 – www.trendyliltreats.com.au
2. Chunky Airplane Puzzle – RRP $9.95 – www.ellej.com.au
3. Caterpillar Shape Tower – RRP $29.95 – www.ellej.com.au
4. Petilou Chouelette Owl Puzzle – RRP $16.95 – www.playmackay.com.au
5. Play Ramp Racer – RRP $44.95 – www.theplayprojects.com

Exploring the benefits of sensory play

EXPLORING THE BENEFITS OF SENSORY PLAY

From birth through to early childhood, children use their senses (taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing) to explore and try to make sense of the world around them. Providing opportunities for children to actively explore their world through ‘sensory play’ is crucial for brain development. This leads to a child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks and supports cognitive growth, language development, gross motor skills, social interaction and problem-solving skills.


However, there are two other less common senses that are vital to early childhood development that we commonly miss: body awareness (also known as proprioception) and balance. Sensory play includes
any activity that stimulates these senses and facilitates exploration, encouraging children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore.

It is important for children to have a range of sensory play activities and spaces available to them at home.

Tips for parents:

•• Organise physical indoor and outdoor areas for your child, so they have flexible spaces that include quiet, active, wet and dry areas that help to calm or alert them in their play.
•• Ensure your child has access to materials they can shape and adapt, such as play dough.
•• Use lighting and soft furnishings such as cushions and blankets to create separate spaces.