Sensory Sunday With Nahdz

Nahdz adventures is a blog which aims to encourage and inspire other parents. For me it is important that as parents we make memories with our children and capture these moments. I do this on my blog by promoting affordable travel and days out. For some, days out and travel may be a struggle so I also encourage bonding through creative activities and crafts at home.

A segment that I have started on my blog is Sensory Sunday, the boys and I love sensory Sunday. It is that moment that they both look forward to every week and excited to find out which will be the new theme to explore. To see more of our sensory activities check them out here. Sensory play is important to encourage independent play as well as a bonding and engage with each other. As they enjoy this so much I decided to get my followers involved by using the hashtag #SensorySundayWithNahdz on Instagram.

The reason why I started this segment was to create a sensory community between us to share ideas and activities. At the beginning of the week I post a prompt and whoever wants to join in can join in anytime up until Sunday. The few rules we have are

  • You don’t have to do it on Sunday, it can be done anytime before Sunday so I can repost
  • The picture can be of the activity or the aftermath, it does not need to include your child
  • You don’t have to post the picture on your page you can send a DM but if you do post on your page use the hashtag #SensorySundayWithNahdz
  • Have fun, get as creative as you like and tag someone who would love to join in

The reason why we use the hashtag is so that we can share ideas and to have a creative space on Instagram to look at in our own time.

I hope you enjoy looking at what we have got up to, feel free to join in anytime using the hashtag

A list of the prompts we have already used are:

  • Cereal
  • Cotton wool
  • Rice
  • Shaving foam
  • Bubble wrap
  • Playdough
  • Pasta
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Bubbles
  • Ice
  • Cardboard
  • Beans
  • Autumn
  • Lentils

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This was the first week and it was really fun, the feedback from those who joined in said it was good. Having edible sensory play is perfect for children as they can eat the cereal. As well as being inexpensive it provides children with a new sensation as it crunches between their fingers.

@Mum_life_with_toni painted cheerios and made caterpillars and bracelets

@TinyBlings had breakfast with smurfs using oats

@Zizi_Party_Treats used wetabix to make prints

@Shivsdiary made bracelets using cheerios

@xx_empress_xx made a farm scene using farm animals, tractors, lego men and a variety of cereals

@Nahdz_adventures made a farm scene using farm animals, tractors, lego men and a variety of cereals

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Whats so funny about this week is a lot of people were complaining about have a phobia of cotton wool. I have to give a special shout out to @mum_life_with_toni who got over her fears and had the cotton wool in her mouth!

@mum_life_with_toni made sheep and clouds using cotton wool

@Colourfulbeginnings had two teething babies but still managed to make a CB banner using cotton wool and honey

@zizi_party_treats made 3D sheep using cotton wool and toilet roll, they also took the activity outside to enjoy the beautiful weather

@nahdz_adventures baked cotton wool and smashed it with a mallet. We coated the cotton wool with flour, water and food colouring before putting it in the oven

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Rice is such a brilliant sensory activity. It is so versatile, you can colour it, paint it, use it to make music, use it as a tray for pre- writing. The list is endless. We really enjoyed this week, we brought the beach home. Playing with rice is inexpensive and can provide endless hours of entertainment for your child

@colourfulbeginnings dyed rice and put it in a bottle to make a macaca

@mum_life_with_toni painted a bottle then add rice to also make a macaca

@nahdz_adventures made a beach scene using blue coloured rice, shells and wooden boats

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I love shaving foam, it is so messy but so easy to clean up. It provides endless hours of entertainment and opportunities to explore. Shaving cream encourages imaginative play as we have even used shaving foam to create a ice- cream parlor.

@mum_life_with_toni created a shaving foam swap with hidden treasures as well as having a facial treatment from her son

@nahdz_adventures let the boys do the setting up this week. They got a bunch of random things from our sesnory cupboard. Micaiah can get funny about certain textures being on his hand. At first when the shaving foam went on his hands he wanted to wash his hands of. He then began clapping his hands and realised it was going everywhere, he then absolutly loved it

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I love play dough, I usually make my own. It so so simple, cheap and last much longer than shop brought play doh. The wonderful thing about making your own play dough is that you can add your own colours, scents and textures. You can make a big batch which will last for months. Play dough can be made a number of ways, on the stove, with boiled water or in the microwave. Play dough is brilliant for sensory development as it encourages fine motor skills as children manipulate the dough. It is great to release stress and is a great way to calm children down. Not only is play dough fun, creative and encourages imaginative play it provides endless hours of play.

@nahdz_adventures my boys love play dough. I usually cook it on the stove but this time I let them help me by using boiling water. Leave a comment to let me know if you would like play dough recipes. This play dough took no more that 5 minutes to make and the boys played with it for almost 2 hours. I gave them coloured rice and oats with cookie cutters.

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Bubblewrap is good for sensory play because children love to pop it and hear the sound it makes. As well as it it being sensory stimulating it is inexpensive and easy to source we usually have it in our homes.

@melvinmvde made a sensory canvas with bubble wrap and also done an outdoor session with paint

@nahdz_adventures made bubble wrap prints and explored mixing colours with paint along the bubble wrap surface. Micaiah also got some bubblewrap with paint and stomped around the house mixing the colours as well as popping the bubble wrap.

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Dry pasta and cook pasta is really good for sensory play. If you cook pasta you can colour it using food colouring which makes it more exciting and inviting to play with. Dry pasta can also be dyed using food colouring or paint. Dry pasta is really good for exploring imagination, practicing pouring and transferring, it is also good for fine and motor skills.

@colourfulbeginnings made a cute rainbow, she dyed the pasta using food colouring and used honey to glue the pasta down as her children are still at the stage where they put everything in their mouth.

@shivsdiary made a collage but her son enjoyed exploring the pasta and its sounds by throwing it up in the air

@nahdz_adventures put out a tray with coloured pasta, plain pasta, kitchen utensils and cutlery for the boys to use their imagination. They role played as they pretended to be chiefs. My eldest separated the colours into their groups and they both enjoyed throwing the pasta back into the tray.

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It is always good to explore kitchen utensils. When cooking your child can be in the kitchen with you exploring the sounds they make. Being in the kitchen is important so if children are able to explore the kitchen from a young age it can also help with imagination and role play as they get older.

@zizi_party_treats used kitchen utensils to explore playing with water beads. They had so much fun and played with it for over one hour. They then took it out again the next day to make cupcakes.

@melvinmvde use kitchen utensils to make music and accompanying the rhythm of reggae in the background.

@nahdz_adventures used kitchen utensils to manipulate play dough, exploring textures, prints and cutting with a children’s knife .

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Bubbles is a perfect sensory activity because it is great for children of all ages. Children enjoy blowing bubbles and popping them. Bubbles help develop sensory processing skills and they feel sticky, slimy and wet, this is a new experience for children to feel. Bubbles are great for indoor and outdoor play and can provide hours of fun.

@melvinmvde daughter helped mummy wash up, she explored using a sponge and tissue seeing how much water was absorbed. They then also used a bubble machine outside and was trying to eat the bubbles.

@mymamamusings used a big fan and some bubble mixture and a bubble wand. They put some music on, had juice and melon. They danced and made “a thousand bubbles” The boys loved it so much but had to stop because it was too hot outside.

@nahdz_adventures made soap foam using washing up liquid, food colouring and water. We used 1 tablespoon of water with a few drops of food colouring and 1/2 cup of water. Mixed it together with a whisk and it made colourful soap foam. The boys enjoyed playing with it with numbered sponges.

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This has to be one of my favourite challenges so far. Maybe because both my boys absolutely enjoyed it. There are so many ways to play with and explore ice. Making ice melt is the most interesting activity for children. Not to mention it is free and an easy activity. Ice is a perfect activity to do in warm climates to cool down when it is hot outside but it can also be made fun and interesting if doing it indoors.

@nahdz_adventures froze paint for a few days. When we took it out the boys loved it. Ahaziah made loads of rainbow prints. He had about 20 sheets of paintings. Micaiah enjoyed exploring the child texture. For someone who doesn’t usually like paint on his hands he really enjoyed rubbing it all up his arms. The boys have already requested to do it again so we had put it in the freezer for another days use.

@melvinmvde was so creative. She froze a variety of fruit and vegetable for her daughter. She first explored smashing the ice on the kitchen counter to try and thaw them out. They them thawed them out in water and she enjoyed eating the fruit and vegetable. This is a great activity for those children who are teething or still at the stage where they put everything in their mouths.

@mymamamusings froze paint and water in yogurt pots using a popsicle stick. Her children created a bunch of art work and enjoyed exploring the ice making hand prints and rainbows. To complete this activity no money was spent, no fancy ingredients just 30 minutes of engaged play. This can even be reused, bargain or what???

@clarkescloset also made popsicle paint however she added glitter so it was exciting to see the glitter appear when the paint. I love how 3 of us did something similar but it was all different.

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Cardboard is such an interesting material to explore. It defiantly encourages a lot of role play but there are so many other skills that you can develop from it. We all get deliveries, We all have boxes and cartoons that we recycle every day. So why not encourage our children to use it during their play. When I set this challenge I knew it would be a tricky one. At first I was just going to make a sensory book but decided that I would just let the boys take control. I must say I was very impressed with the outcome they had so much fun

@nahdz_adventures Ahaziah decided that he wanted to make a time machine. Ahaziah is older so he always has an end product at the end of all activities. He stuck two boxes together made a clock and went inside the box, his brother shook him around and he went to the future and to space. This activity encouraged a lot of imagination play. Micaiah is younger so he just like to explore, at first he wanted to make a Paw Patrol plane but cutting the cardboard was more of a challenge for him. He used hand eye co ordination as he concentrated at trying to cut the cardboard into small pieces. This activity even encouraged fine motor skills as he had to use more muscle in his hands to cut the cardboard. We also explored risky play as I allowed Micaiah to put screws in the cardboard using a screwdriver.

@no1_sammysam son kept trying to eat the box so I told her to put him in it with some toys and she made this cute little crib for him

@Tinyblings was creative and made iPads and iPhones

@mymamamusings painted the inner cardboard toilet tube and stuck stickers onto them. They made binoculars. The boys really enjoyed making them and they will keep them for roleplaying later in the month. So far they have pretended to be explorers and sat and watched a programme through them. The paint pots were also made out of egg carton cardboard boxes.

@melvinmade laid out flat packed cardboard and allowed her daughter to colour it in. When she wasn’t eating the cardboard she made some beautiful artwork using pastels.

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This week was such a fun and creative week. I honestly love how creative everyone got. Beans are good for sensory play because they are edible. They come in different sizes and colours which is good for exploring. They are good for imaginative play and provide hours of endless fun. You can also add scents and dye beans for even more enjoyment.

@nahdz_adventures we decided to go down the route of planting we used red kidney beans, butter beans, haricot beans and borlotti beans. We used compost and water to plant beans and make “soil castles” The boys had so much fun pouring water into the soil and mixing it all up. Hiding the beans. Micaiah said it was “amazing” it was a little messy so would be a perfect activity to enjoy outside however I just used a table cloth and it was cleaned up within minutes.

@xx_empress_xx used butter beans in play with Lego. The children really enjoyed it and played for 30 mins so mummy could clean .

@mymamamusings used a variety of beans including coffee beans, baked beans red lentil and yellow split peas. The activity they completed included counting and investigating size. They used a muffin tin to count beans and explored language like tiny, small, big, biggest

@shivsdiary used red kidney beans and conkers to practice transporting. I love the autumn theme in that

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The conkers are out, the leaves are changing. I thought this was a perfect opportunity to explore Autumn in our sensory play. I encouraged everyone to go on a nature walk and find some autumn collectables for our play. The boys grabbed a bunch of conkers, way too much…. conkers anyone??  During my Instagram live my activity was not going to plan. I explained that what I love about sensory is that there is no right or wrong way, even though my activity was not setting the boys began transporting their conkers from the tray to the bucket and raced to see who was the fastest.

@nahdz_adventures had an epic failure on live, but after putting it in the gelatine in the fridge to set with our autumn collection the boys enjoyed exploring it. Either way when the jello wasn’t setting they still had fun playing with the conkers win-win 🍂🍁

@sharn_90 made a cute leaf crown and flowers using the leaves and also made plant pots for them 🍂🍁

@mymamamusings made self portraits, a tree, the boys explored how the leaves change colour in the autumn and made a handprint tree and stuck it on twigs that they found on their autumn walk 🍂🍁

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Lentils is great for sensory play because we usually have it in the home. Well I don’t because I don’t eat it but it is cheap and easily assessable. Lentils provide hours of fun, it can be quite messy but its so easy to sweep or hoover it. When playing with lentils you can explore sounds and textures and it also helps with fine motor skills. The boys surprisingly really enjoyed this activity. They made home’s for their dinosaurs but didn’t want to play with it because it was too delicate.

@nahdz_adventures made a dinosaur set up with red split lentils and green lentils. We used toy dinosaurs, twigs, rocks, pine cones, conkers and home made #saltdough#dinosaurfossil the boys enjoyed making a “forest” and “garden” for the dinosaurs. Micaiah practiced #prewriting as he wrote letters in the lentils

@sharn_90 had a tea party with lentils. She enjoyed pouring, transferring and using the kitchen utensils to play with the lentils

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