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Sensory play is anything involving our senses – hearing, seeing, touching, tasting, smelling, and movement. It is important for children to engage in sensory play as it helps to develop motor skills, language skills, social-emotional skills, and thinking skills. Here are some great activities for sensory play.

Slime
It is definitely the craze at the moment. Make your own or purchase some ready-made slime and have a gooey good time. Check out our pumpkin scented Halloween Slime – perfect for messy play!

Playdough
A little less messy but still great fun for kids and adults. Get creative and get baking, use cookie cutters to create different shapes.

Musical toys
Fill rice in an empty water balloon, create a drum from a milo tin, the possibilities are endless!

Smell scavenger hunt
Go on a scavenger hunt using your nose. Smell flowers, grass, the spices in the pantry etc.

Cook with your kids
Experiment with tastes and textures. Check out our recipes, the Chinese Greens Stir-Fry is perfect for this, full of aromatics and bound to get those noses going.

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Rainbow glitter jars
Fill a jar/bottle with water, glitter glue and food colouring. Shake it up and watch the glitter fall.

Sensory walk
Create an outdoor sensory walk by using grass, sand, pebbles and even a tub of dishwashing liquid bubbles.

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