Long before your baby lets out their first babble they experience the world using only their senses:
TASTE/ HEAR/ TOUCH/ SMELL
Providing opportunities to experience a variety of different textures, smells, tastes and sounds will help with their later communication and language development.
Talk to your baby during play; it will help them link what they are experiencing with the correct word.
Even if it feels like you are talking to yourself when your little one stares back with the blank expression on their face ..
you are not going bonkers I promise…
they are learning!!
Turn MESS into PLAY
A few weeks ago we created a farm yard for the children to play with. Living on a farm myself, I know all too well that they are not short of mess.. and the children loved letting their imaginations go wild..
In our very own farm we use a variety of different food to create a range of textures for the animals to roam around in.
The sheep and goats were kept in their pens stomping on soft oats
This is great for grabbing, sprinkling and a fantastic canvas for mark making!
The pigs got messy in the mud
Use a mousse powder, adding a small amount of water to create a lumpy texture.
The cows munched on their garden full of peas
I used frozen peas and left them in balls, the children used the warmth of their hands to separate them
**Do not leave little one's alone with these, due to safety**
The chickens pecked on the crunchy path of cornflakes
encourage them to squeeze handfuls, breaking them and hearing the CRUNCH!
If you are going to be doing regular messy play at home, I would HIGHLY recommend investing in a TUFF TRAY
This is a large tray that has fairly shallow sides: enough to allow your little one to freely move in and out but high enough to keep the mess in… HURRAH!
I purchased mine from amazon, they are around £15 and come in every colour imaginable.