The most powerful way to support your child’s development and learning is through play and ‘Sensory Play’ is often the most enjoyed type of play for little ones (and us parents too!)
Sensory Play is crucial for brain development as it helps build nerve connections allowing for more complex thinking, encourages development of gross and fine motor skills, supports language development and provides social interaction opportunities.
Scoop & Spear
Spoon Practice (Scooping):
You want to use items that are going to stay on the spoon so your child has success!
You can pair this activity with the words “scoop” “up” “pour” “tip” and make sure you do lots of role modelling of the desired actions using your own spoon.
Fork Practice (Spearing):
In a saucepan combine,
- 2 cups Plain Flour,
- 4 tablespoons Cream of Tartar,
- 1 cup Table Salt,
- 2 cups Water,
- 2 tablespoons Cooking Oil
- Food Colouring of choice.
Stir over medium heat in saucepan until mixture congeals. Rolling into little balls makes for easy spearing!
You could also roll into snakes or flat cookies and practice making indents with the fork tip!
About the Author
Tara Ient, Paediatric Occupational Therapist, first time mum and self confessed nerd about children’s play and development started @lets_play_charlie after having her first child Charlie and wanting to share the fun things they were getting up to with some OT developmental tips thrown in to support other mums!
You can follow Tara and Charlie on Instagram @lets_play_charlie