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I enjoy any simple sensory play ideas and by simple sensory play, I mean 5 ingredients or less with minimal prep and clean up. Of course I can dream but it’s wonderful when I come across play ideas like that. And this all stemmed from my making avocado and banana muffins. I used applesauce in the recipe and since Kyle decided to get a larger jar of unsweetened applesauce, I started looking for ideas. I came across one from Still Playing School and thought- why not give that a try. You could also use this in conjunction with our Letter A post from our afterschooling series.

Simple Sensory Play idea for the Letter A.

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Materials needed:

* Unsweetened applesauce

* Cornstarch

* Cookie cutters


To be honest, I didn’t measure anything… I eyeballed it and when it looked mixed enough, I let Squeaker play with it. Before we started cooking more at home, we would order Chinese food. One of the takeout containers that we saved is perfect for introducing sensory play with her but you could also use a small cookie sheet.

letter a sensory play 2

After stirring with a spoon until the ingredients were combined, I put the bin on her highchair tray and strapped her in for some fun. She was somewhat cautious about it at first (and she did insist on trying some)

letter a sensory play 3

I put in the letter A cookie cutter and the airplane shape as well for her. She did use those for a bit but then she wanted to just explore with her hands.

And that’s when things got a little bit messy:

And the aftermath of #sensoryplay .. She had so much fun! #kidbloggersofIG #KBNmoms

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This is definitely something we’ll do again. Probably we do our apple unit for Tot School. Squeaker had a lot of fun with this and I think that Sweet B might enjoy it as well.

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9 years ago

My son loves doing messy play! This is a great idea. We’ve also painted with yogurt (colored with food coloring). Thanks for sharing.

7 years ago

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