So if you are not really excited about having a mess in your house, use these 4 simple tips to make the sensory play less messy. It will keep you sane and the child happy 🙂
1) USE THE SENSORY MATERIAL YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH.
2) LIMIT THE SPILL-OUT AREA
- If the sensory play is happening on the kitchen table, place a second (shallow) tray under the first tray/bin, so the majority of the sensory material will be caught.
- Or you can try placing the sensory material into a deeper baking pan. Or, even better -
- Move the sensory activity to the floor, using an old bed sheet that will catch most of the stuff and mark the play territory (much like a Montessori rug, just larger). Works really well in our home, we did it also with this forest sensory bin!
- Dust off your kids' clothes well at the end of playing with cornmeal or flour. You don't want them to leave tracks all around the house, do you? 😉
3) IF YOU ARE TOO TIRED, DON'T.
4) BRING IT OUTDOORS.
And if it's beans, wheat, corn or other seeds in the play, you might get an extra benefit from it: have a thorough look at the outside play area a few weeks later, some of the seeds might even sprout. An extra gardening lesson for your toddler, sensory bins aside!
...Or perhaps the easiest solution: jump straight to playing with regular sand in the sandbox. No, I'm not offering a link to this one 🙂 as I know you have a perfectly good idea about it. Enjoy playing, you and your kids!
Now, if you feel you can live with sensory play as it is - and could use more information, you might want to check out this e-book by Sharla Kostelyk. It should make the whole sensory activities stuff even easier for you.