If your wanting to jazz up your water tray.. these jelly shapes are perfect!
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Measuring jug
- Baking tray
- Different shaped cutters
WHAT TO DO:
- Add 1 pint of boiling water to 270g of jelly cubes and mix until all the cubes have dissolved
- Grease the bottom on the baking tray. Pour the jelly liquid into the tray
- Put in fridge for a few hours, until set
- Once set, turn the jelly out and cut out the shapes using your cutters
Put your shapes into some cold water, along with some ice and watch your little one's have loads of fun trying to fish them out!
So you've decided to be brave and do some messy play at home… you've got your area prepared and got your 'mess' at the ready.
BRING IT ON!
5 minutes later your baby is covered in flour and bored.. wanting to now climb all over your living room! NOOOOO!!
Depending on your little one's age, your child will have a limited attention span, so as well as preparing the 'mess' it is important to think about ways to keep your little one interested.
Flour, for example, is a great, simple messy play.. when they get in the tray they may be excited about how it feels against their skin, perhaps grabbing and dropping it but without stimulation it can get boring, quickly. Surrounding the flour with spoons, sieves, cups, bowls, etc, will keep your child interested and wanting to explore for longer.
I do messy play classes for children and their parents; for the babies this week we had loads of different textures laid out on a huge roll of paper. Spreading out the "mess" encouraged movement, as most of the babies were just starting to crawl… and boy did they move, not wanting to miss out on anything.. we saw rolling, bum shuffling and the old favourite; the army crawl!
Every different texture was hidden, whether they were under bowls or hidden in boxes, it kept the children interested as well as working on their physical and cognitive development.
Why not give it a go?
GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN!
With so many fancy toys out there we forget that we don't need to spend a fortune to keep our little one's entertained. Babies and toddlers won't be wowed with the price tag; things that will get them hooked will be more about textures, sounds and of course.. bubbles!
In my experience Sensory bottles are a cheap and cheerful way of making your little one's happy.
All you have to do is fill a bottle.. any plastic bottle.. with bits that you have in your cupboards and they will be so excited to explore the sounds that they make when rolled about or shaken.
Below I have shown idea's for two different sensory bottles that have been tried any tested:
Fill half your bottle with water and mix some food colouring in. Fill the rest with oil… thats it! It really is that simple.
Let your little one's shake it up and watch the bubbles form as it settles.
Oh and make sure the lid is taped on so there isn't any spillages!
This one is great for exploring sounds and encouraging your little one's to make movements, such as shaking, banging and rolling.
Use the coloured pasta and rice in the same bottle, seal the lid and they have their very own shakers!
You can use the same colour or mix them up…
Have fun with it :)
Now you have your coloured pasta made.. lets get your little one's entertained!
Play doesn't need to be extravagant or expensive and this idea is definitely proof of that.
Its such a simple idea, and in my experience, its always a winner with all ages.
(If you don't have a tuff tray already and want to do messy play at home, I would definitely recommend getting one.. I got mine from Amazon but they seem to sell them in lots of places. You can get all different sizes and are perfect for messy play.. keeping the mess in the tray, but allows your little ones to easily get in and out.
If you don't have a tuff tray then you can use baking trays, bowls, paddling pools, etc.)
Put a whole bag of flour in your tray, mix in your colourful pasta and rice (This is the hidden treasure)..
now to raid your cupboards: I added small bowls, cups, spoons and sieves into the tray and the children loved filling cups and finding the colourful rice and pasta using the sieve.
This is an inexpensive recipe to colour your own pasta & rice to make sensory play all the more exciting.
Once the coloured pasta is dry it can be used over and over again, why not give it a try?….
YOU WILL NEED:
White wine vinegar
Different coloured food dye
WHAT TO DO:
1) Put the pasta or rice into a sandwich bag
2) Mix 1 teaspoon of white wine vinegar with food colouring. Mix & add into bag
3) Seal the bag and give it a really good shake.. covering all the pasta with the colour
4) Pour it out onto some baking paper and wait until it is dry
5) Repeat with other colours
Now you have your colourful pasta.. the possibilities of play are endless...
Check out how what we used ours for:
Moon Sand is such a great idea for Messy Play at home. Its cheap & so easy to make and (BONUS POINTS) hoovers up well!
Pop the moon sand in a tray or paddling pool and there you have it… your own little beach for the day!
Add some buckets, cups or toys into the sand for your little one to have hours of fun!
This recipe was a great success with both the children and adults. This super cheap snack can be made from bits that you probably have stored in your cupboards, and the children can get involved in the adding and mixing.
You can make a whole batch and save them for snacks throughout the week.
YOU WILL NEED:
85g Melted Butter
150g Porridge oats
150g Finely grated cheese
150g grated carrot
WHAT TO DO:
1) Preheat the oven to 180C
2) Add the oats into a bowl
3) Add the grated carrot and cheese
4) Crack the egg into a separate bowl, beat and then add into the bowl & mix well with other ingredients
5) Pour in the melted butter and mix well
6) Pour the mixture into a 20x20cm tin (Putting baking paper in the bottom) and push the mixture down
7) Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool in tin before cutting into slices.
This Mary Berry recipe is great to do with your little ones. They love adding and mixing all the ingredients together as well as decorating them.. turning them into beautiful butterflies at the end.
WHAT TO DO:
1) Preheat the oven to 180C. Add the butter and sugar and cream together
2) Add the eggs into the bowl and mix together
3) Sieve the flour and baking powder into the bowl & mix well
4) Add the orange zest and mix well
5) Spoon the mixture into 12 cupcake cases and bake for 15 minutes
6) Meanwhile mix the butter & icing sugar together to make the icing.
7) Let the cakes cool and cut a circle out of the middle of each cupcake. Cut the circle in half.. these will be the wings of the butterflies.
8) Add a teaspoon of orange curd into the hole of each cake. Then add a teaspoon of icing sugar onto of the curd
9) Add the 'wings' and sprinkle with extra icing sugar to make it extra pretty
Why stop at the cakes.. Butterfly is a fantastic theme and you can have lots of fun with it..