Monday, September 7, 2015

DIY Animal washing sensory play activity

Today I have Maria from Pastels & Macarons guest posting with an easy DIY sensory activity for toddlers {we'll be giving it a go soon once its a bit warmer during the day}.

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Really Glad to be here guest blogging for Toni today. My name is Maria and I write over at Pastels & Macarons, a lifestyle blog that encourages creativity for mums and kids. I chat all about Toddlers and Babies, Motherhood, Travel, DIY, Craft, Home Decor and more.

Lately the weather has been amazing here in Belgium... Oh yes, did I forget to mention I'm an Australian living the expat life in Belgium? Well now you know! We've been taking advantage of the gorgeous warm sunny days before Autumn comes and the weather turns cold. My boys love water play. True Aussie kids that love eating Vegemite and running around in their nappies or nude playing with water.  There is nothing more fun than for me to turn on the hose so the boys can help water the garden, hose anything and everything and try to hose the inside of the house down. Fun times!

I decided to take our water play a little further and have been doing a few fun activities with my 26 month old Locky for better sensory play and to develop other fun and essential skills. After his nap one afternoon I took Locky into our backyard where I had set up a "messy/water station" for him to discover and play with.

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I made a dirt pit that I let him play with. He loves his farm animals so we pretended they where all in a big, dirty pig pen and while playing we added water to the dirt to make it muddy and get the animals really dirty. Once they where really filthy we took them over to the "water station" for "bath time". Locky loved cleaning all his animals and saying their names. "Bath time Pig!", he would say. I've got to say, one of my favourite things in this world is watching toddlers play. Fascinating isn't it. The glow in their eyes and sense of achievement they get as they learn new things and their imagination runs wild with them.

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Once he washed each animal he would line them up next to each other on the grass to dry. I actually had set up a clear container that he could put the animals in once he had finished cleaning them but he insisted they needed to dry standing in the sun. Well done Locky, much more thoughtful than Mama.

You can certainly make this activity less dirty by not using dirt and mud at the start but I thought let's go all in and get our hands dirty, literally.

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The supplies I used for this Animal Washing Activity- Water Sensory Play are:

- Assorted plastic farm animals
- Small water table
- Warm soapy water
- Assorted scrubbing brushes and sponges
- Large tray filled with dirt
- Plastic jug filled with water to wet the dirt
- Plastic container filled with water to first rinse the animals before they go into the "bath"

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We had lots of fun with this animal washing activity. The only part Locky got a little hesitant was when I was trying to encourage him to get his hands dirty and really dirty the animals. I had to do this part because he wasn't too keen on getting mud on his hands. This guy has a thing with dirty hands but I'm sure most toddlers would love getting in there and playing with mud. I'll certainly be doing this sensory activity again.

If you enjoyed this activity you may also enjoy one of my most popular kids posts and activities on the blog the Toddler Shapes Activity Book With FREE Printable to make your own copy at home.

  Toddlers Shapes Activity Book with FREE PRINTABLE by Pastels & Macarons.

Or my Easy Homemade Playdough Recipe for hours of fun play and the best part about it is that it lasts and doesn't dry quickly if left exposed to air.

Easy Homemade Playdough Recipe by Pastels & Macarons

It was great sharing this fun sensory activity with you today. Hope you try it out and have lots of fun!

Maria


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8 comments:

  1. Thanks for having me on your lovely blog Toni! xx

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  2. My girls love to play with dirt and mud, the state of their cubby house is a testament to that! I love this idea of washing up afterwards!

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    1. Yea hopefully if I can get bub to learn to clean up and she thinks its playing she'll do it more willingly when she's older.

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  3. My girls loved playing in the mud, mud pie anyone? They grew up in the tropics so mud and water play were pretty much second nature as it was the only way to stay cool!

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  4. Cute and simple activities like this will be a great help for the development of our little ones.

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    1. Yep we love sensory activities around here, they're so good for their development.

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