Saturday, 29 June 2013

Let's Play: Shaving Foam Dinosaur Land

I have been desperate to do some sensory play with the kids but am still awaiting delivery of my Tuff Spot Tray (fingers crossed it will arrive any day now!) However, I decided to not let lack of a mess container stop me and decided I liked the idea of using shaving foam for a sensory play activity.

I wanted to use some plastic dinosaur toys that Eli has to create a dinosaur land with greenery and volcanoes.  Typically, it didn't turn out at all as I had hoped.  For starters, I could only find one dinosaur out of the ten that we own and it was raining outside so I could only bring a small amount of greenery in as it was all sopping wet.  Once I'd put it all out I thought it looked a bit weak so I squirted some random trails of cream around the table which just made it look worse!!

BUT, the kids didn't mind at all.  I really ought to take the lesson that no matter how much of a perfectionist I am, kids have brilliant imaginations and can work with pretty much anything.

They really enjoyed themselves.  I had created some 'water' out of shaving cream and blue colouring but Meg asked for real water so I put out a tub of that.  Eli created an 'ice rink' for Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka and apart from when he accidentally upturned the water tub onto himself, it really couldn't have been less stressful.


Afterwards I stuck them both in the shower and put the mat outside for the shaving cream to wash away in the rain.  Possibly the easiest clean up I've ever done after messy play!!

What do you think to our rainy day activity?

8 comments:

  1. Cute idea! You're very brave! Messy play totally freaks me out. Will try and take a leaf out of your book!xx

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    1. I don't think it really counted as messy play because I didn't have that much tidying up to do afterwards! REAL messy play is chasing your son down as he runs across the lounge covered in paint ;-)

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  2. Looks like some great fun. I am afraid mess freaks me out too (actually it freaks OH out which, in turn, freaks me out) but I'm glad it was a relatively easy clean up. It does look great!

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    1. I've always tended to avoid really messy stuff thinking that they get enough of it at nursery but I have to admit it was good fun!

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  3. Really wonderful to see messy play happening at home! T is something even us teachers dread, though we always do it!

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    1. It was encouraging to see how much the kids enjoyed it. I really need to get into the habit of trying stuff out more at home!

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  4. Brilliant! We've had some great fun with shaving foam, a firm favourite! You're so right - their imagination is the most important part of the play :)

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    1. I'm not sure whether I will ever break free of my perfectionist nature but the kids honestly didn't seem to mind!!

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