I'm a Christmas fan, but Halloween is up there with my favourites. I love the fun activities that you can do, carving pumpkins, and horror films. Obviously a lot of those things are not appropriate for Emily, but I didn't want Halloween to pass by without some kind of recognition. We have got a few Halloween books, and a cute little pumpkin sleepsuit, so of course I wanted to do some kind of sensory play, or craft. While I was in Tesco I stumbled upon these ice cube trays, they are skull and bones and looked like the perfect thing to represent Halloween.
I filled them with jelly, and popped them in the fridge overnight to set, In the morning I then popped them into the freezer. It would have been tough to get them out without freezing them, but you could always let them defrost. I then popped them on a plate, and added some Halloween sprinkles. Emily really enjoyed popping the Halloween sprinkles into the eyes of the skulls.
As soon as I gave it to Emily she tried her best to squash it, the best thing about frozen jelly is it goes like a slush, it become thick and crumbly ice chips. As it defrosts the edges become soft like normal jelly would be it is perfect for little hands. She also enjoyed eating it.
This activity is brilliant for encouraging new vocabulary. I used descriptive words to describe what Emily was feeling, such as squishy, sticky, slimey, and smooth. Emily tried her best to copy the words I was saying. Sensory play encourages children to use all 5 senses, the sense of touch is often the most frequent. Toddlers and children process information through their senses, they learn through exploring these. Sensory play also offers children the opportunity for self-expression because there is no right answer and children feel safe to experiment with what they are doing. Sensory play encourages children to manipulate and mold materials, building up their fine motor skills and coordination.