Sensory play is important for the proper development of children’s minds including their sense of touch, smell, sight, taste and hearing and also to spark their scientific curiosity. But best of all it gives mummies the golden opportunity to bond with their children and have fun together!Sensory play for mummy also helps build new neural pathways in her brain and help her steer away from Alzheimer’s!
In Singapore, sensory play activities are often conducted in playgroups. There’s nothing stopping mums from performing these activities one-to-one with their child, however, but playgroups give children the opportunity to have fun with others.
Regardless,sensory play activities can get pretty messy so some care should be exercised to keep things neat and tidy –but remember that a little bit of mess should never get in the way of fun!
Note: While we encourage mum’s to try out their own sensory play activities and see what their children respond to, if your kids are still in the age where they are putting things in their mouth be sure to only use ingredients that are safe to eat. Also, always, ALWAYS keep dangerous objects away from little children (sharp utensils and tools, hot water, poisonous/corrosive chemicals, etc.)
Sensory Play Activities for a Toddler Playgroup Singapore:
- Playing with Corn Flour Paste
Remember the gooey stuff that your mum used to put into your curious hands while she cooked? That weird paste you could roll into a ball only to melt back into a liquid mess when you stopped rolling it? Or how it would harden when you hit it only to melt away again moments later?Yup, you had just discovered something called a non-Newtonian fluid – and the peculiar way it behaves makes it the perfect plaything for curious little minds!
To make this bizarre goo you’ll need two key ingredients; about 450g of cornflour and about 475ml of water. Using a large enough bowl, mix the two ingredients together with your hands until you get a consistent texture (it’ll be obvious when it’s ready!). You’re free to experiment with using more or less water depending on how thick you want the paste to be.
You can also add a few drops of food colouring to give the paste colour but we advise putting onan apron and gloves to avoid staining your hands and clothes! Remember to add the colouring to the water first before the flour or the colour is not going to mix well in the paste.
- Sorting Games likeCotton Balls, Blue Marble Balls and Paper Cut-out Clouds
With cotton balls representing clouds, blue marble balls representing rain and the paper cut out clouds with either a “c” for “cloud” or “r” for “rain” printed on them, children will have an enjoyable time rummaging through the collection and sorting them by the letters they start with.
To get this activity going, place the cotton balls, blue marbleballs and the printed paper cut outs into a bin. Next, place two smaller empty containers beside the bin and thentell the children to sort the contents, with “clouds” and everything beginning with the letter “c” in one of the smaller containers and the “r” or rain in the other container. Safe, stimulating and fun, sorting games are perfect for a little playgroup in Singapore!
- Helping out with Cooking Activities like making Ang Ku Kueh
For older children,helping out with simple food preparation tasksisn’t only an amazing form of sensory play but is also deeply satisfying – who doesn’t like a tasty treat after a hard day’s work?For this activity, we’ve chosen everyone’s local favourite – Ang Ku Kueh.
You can find some good Ang Ku Kueh recipes floating on the Internet that you can use to get started. BE AWARE, however, that children should NOT be involved in the preparation of the bean paste and steaming of the moulded keys which involves the use of unsafe equipment and hot water!
Everything else, from the measuring theingredients, kneading the dough, pressing the dough into the Ang Ku Kueh mould and filling it up with the mung bean paste are all perfectly safe – and will make for a highly entertaining, highly rewarding sensory activity for older children with a distinctive local touch for a playgroup in Singapore.