Sensory Saturday 1st December 2018

Sensory Saturday came back for a Christmas Special. I took a well needed break to enjoy the summer with my boys and trying to adjust to a new job made it a bit difficult to continue running these events monthly. However I decided to end the year with a Christmas Sensory Saturday session- It was only right! Sensory Saturday is a stay and play session for children and parents. I offered the opportunity for 25 children with their parents to take part in a sensory session led by myself. I decided to make a smaller group so there is more intimacy and I would be able to speak to each family. On this occasion we also celebrated a birthday. I set up 7 activities where the children had free flow access to investigate, discover and explore through play. Parents were able to meet and network with other parents, as well as join in with a fun session without the hassle of clearing it up! I was on hand offering support and guidance to encourage regular sensory sessions at home. The events get booked up at the last minute so I would defiantly book in advance to avoid disappointment. Again I am greatly thankful for the support and love shown by families and sponsors, you are the reason why I keep these events running

Reindeer Food Making Station

  • Oats
  • Glitter
  • Confetti
  • Topper/ Sticker

This tray was a nice keepsake for all children to have something festive to take home after the event. To make reindeer food you need to above ingredients. You then sprinkle it on the lawn and it will guide the reindeers and Santa to your home in the night.

Gingerbread Man Play

  • Cocopops
  • Gingerbread cutters
  • Buttons
  • Pom Poms

This edible Christmas sensory tray is perfect for children of all ages. They can add buttons and eyes to the gingerbread using pom poms and buttons. They can also use their finger to draw their own snowman in the cocopops. This is also a great mark making activity.

Candy Cane Rice

  • Red rice (dyed with food colouring)
  • White rice
  • Candy canes
  • Cups

Rice is my favourite sensory tray as you may know if you have read any of my past event blog post. I usually have a rice tray to fit in with the theme. Rice is so easy to dye and you don’t need much to accompany the tray. I just used cups for pouring and shaking, and I used candy canes for mark making. I love the sensory aftermath when both the colours are mixed together.

Peppermint Oobleck

  • Cornflour
  • Water
  • Peppermint
  • Candy canes
  • Red food colouring

This is another taste safe sensory tray as all the ingredients are edible. Mixing cornflour with water gives it different textures. It goes hard when left alone but if you put it in your hand it turns to liquid. Its a great science experiment for children. Lots of children who may not like to get their hands messy may not like this tray but I added candy canes for them to mix and make marks if they wanted to.

Christmas Sensory

  • Cotton wool
  • Confetti snow
  • Ornaments
  • Peg characters
  • Bells
  • Pine cones
  • Ribbon

This tray can encourage language, story telling and role play. This wintery scene has no limits and encourages children to use their imagination. All you need is a few things that you usually decorate the house with and I guarantee you will be surprised how much interest children have with this activity.

 

Snow

  • Flour
  • Oil
  • Snowflakes
  • Buckets

Another edible simple snow sensory tray. Adding oil to flour makes it malleable and the flour doesn’t stick so it is not as messy as playing with flour. The children drew snow angles and make snow castles. Again this a great mark making sensory tray, what christmas words can you encourage your child to write. You can even make snowmen and snow balls.

 

Playdough

We had two sets of play doughs for the children to enjoy. One was “Christmas tree” and the other was “Snow man”

Christmas tree

  • Green play dough
  • Tree cutters
  • Sequence/ Beads/ Gems to decorate

Snow man

  • White play dough
  • Eyes
  • Ribbon (for the scarf)
  • Buttons
  • Brown pipe cleaners/ Twigs (for the arms)

Sponsors

Once again I am so grateful for the companies that sponsor my events. It means that I am able to provide light refreshments to families that attend. It helps me keep admissions cost low and families are able to try products they may not necessarily see or buy.

I would like to thank Hippeas Snacks for sending a variety their chickpea snacks which are organic, gluten-free, vegan, baked not fried, plant protein, packed with fibre, low in calories and absolutely delicious. The adults and children throughly enjoyed them. You can find Hippeas at whole foods markets, Ocado, Superdrug, Planet Organic, WHSmith, Waitrose, As Nature Intended and Holland and Barrett. The flavours include cheese & love, in herb we trust, far out fajita and sweet & smokin’.

I would like to thank Clearly Scrumptious for sending some of their scruffy snacks. Clearly Scrumptious is an affordable and healthy snack for children and adults. They source the finest ingredients which are unprocessed but tasty and nutritious. Clearly Scrumptious is suitable for vegans and doesn’t contain anything artificial. Clearly scrumptious range make a perfect healthy treat option for people who are not able to compromise on taste. Scrummies is the children’s range which is a mix of cranberry and raisins with natural fruit flavours.

 

Sensory Birthday Parties

Running out of birthday party ideas or what to take the stress away from planning it. Want to have a birthday party that has your child’s interest incorporated into the theme. I am now offering Sensory Birthday party packages. You can find the venue and I will provide the entertainment. Sensory parties are suitable for children aged 1-5. To enquire today fill out the form below. I look forward to hearing from you

 

1 thought on “Sensory Saturday 1st December 2018”

  1. Haha no I use nappies he just loves to pee once I’ve taken it off for a change. Thank you for your kind words x

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