Hate Sensory Kit Mess? This blog's for you!

Hate Sensory Kit Mess? This blog's for you!

Fun without the Mess: Sensory play that won't make you want to scream!

Sensory play is an essential part of childhood development, engaging children's senses to explore and understand the world around them. While traditional sensory activities often involve messy materials like sand, rice, or paint, there are plenty of ways to have fun with sensory kits without the cleanup hassle. In this blog, we'll explore how you can create and enjoy sensory experiences that are both engaging and mess-free.

1. Choose the Right Materials:
When creating a sensory kit for mess-free fun, opt for materials that are easy to manage. Consider items like:

- splashy sand: This moldable sensory-sand-like material provides a tactile sensory experience without the mess of traditional sand. splashy sand vacuums up easily!
- Foam, large, or textured objects: Incorporate items with different textures to stimulate tactile senses. Water-safe toys and materials like foam, dried flowers, sprinkles, eco-glitter, felt, wool, paint brushes, sponges, seashells or soaps are both sensory bin and tub-safe and easy to clean up.
- Sensory bottles: Fill clear bottles with colorful liquids, glitter, or small objects for visual stimulation.

2. Set Up a Designated Play Area:
Create a designated play space for sensory activities to contain any potential mess. Lay down a washable tablecloth or use a large tray to keep materials contained and easy to clean up afterward. Cake pans and cookie sheets work well to contain messes too. 

splashy sand is all-natural and dissolves completely, so if you REALLY hate sensory play mess, simply let kiddo play with the splashy sand in a DRY bath tub. When play is over, have kiddo brush off, and leave the splashy sand in the tub. Run a warm bath, and kiddo is ready for even more play. When tub time is over, the splashy sand simply washes down the drain. 

If you prefer outdoor play, splashy sand won't damage grass, and any that spills out of the sensory bin can simply be rinsed away with a hose! 

3. Establish Ground Rules:
Before diving into sensory play, establish ground rules with your child to ensure they understand how to engage with the materials responsibly. Emphasize the importance of keeping the play area clean and using the materials appropriately.

For younger children, embrace where they are at developmentally, and then slide on back up to step #2  😂

4. Incorporate Learning Activities:
Now it's time to have fun! Here are some mess-free(ish) sensory activities to enjoy with your sensory kit:

- Shape and pattern recognition: Spread splashy sand out on a cookie sheet and draw shapes and patterns in the material.

- Create Scenes: Use the toys in splashy sand sensory kit to create scenes, or to set up imaginative play scenarios. This type of imaginative play can help with problem-solving.

- Provide tools like cookie cutters or plastic utensils for added fun. Something as simple as a spoon and cup can keep them busy for ages, and helps them refine small motor skills, and hand / eye coordination. 

- splashy sand molding: Mold and shape splashy sand into different forms using molds, cutters or stamps, encouraging imaginative play and sensory exploration.

5. Clean Up and Store Properly:
After the sensory play session, involve your child in the cleanup process. Wipe down any surfaces, rinse sensory materials as needed, and store them in a designated container or bag for future use. Reinforce the importance of cleaning up after play to maintain a tidy environment.

If you used your splashy sand in the bath, any residue wipes right off with a DRY cloth. Rinse any remaining sprinkles or eco-glitter down the drain!

Sensory play is a valuable way for children to explore their senses and enhance cognitive development. By creating a mess-free (ish) sensory experience and establishing clear guidelines for play, you can enjoy sensory activities with your child without the stress of cleanup. So, gather your materials, set up a play area, and let the sensory exploration begin!

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