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I've been pondering what kind of activities we could make available for our youngest 2 year olds (we are a sessional setting for 2-5 year olds). Observation has shown that particularly the boys are really enjoying sensory and tactile activities and objects. Without spending lots of money which we haven't got, have you any tried and tested things we might be able to do with them? I might have a go at sand mousse for one of them who really enjoys the feeling of sand running through his fingers. We have rice sometimes and wheat, corn etc.

No doubt you lot will have plenty of new and stimulating ideas!!!

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try wood shavings.........the kind which you buy in pet shops (we got ours really cheaply in Wilkinsons,) and which is dust free.A medium bag really filled our sand/water tray! We hid lots of things in it;twigs, assorted plastic bugs , spiders, flies and worms;scoops;twigs;leaves.....really, it's up to you what to put in there, we placed a box next to it with large plastic tweezers, magnifying lenses, sieves, pencils and paper (in case they wanted to draw any of the bugs they found!).We extended this by then going on a bug hunt outside, and the children had huge fun finding the same kind of things they'd 'discovered' in the tray...lots of spiders too! :o

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sand mouse is lovely and if you get a really nice smelling washing up liquid really makes it inviting. I brought the £1 litter trays from the £1 shop which are really useful for putting in different things and you don't need too much t fill one. mashed potato, black spagetti with spiders and bugs, tweezers, ta bag squeezers etc are good as well as magnifying glasses etc. Good old jelly with stones and bugs, shaving foam, cornflour, chocolate playdough. Small artificial flowers from the £1 shop make a good addition to playdough for making gardens, garlic presses for squeezing the playdough through. Even a whole pile of leaves especially now they are falling off the trees, mud, spray water bottles to make it messier. There must be others that people will think of - suger is also nice for drawing in and you can colour this up with a bit of food colouring, icing sugar with a pipette works great for spreading colour and colour difussion.

Nikki

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shredded paper salad/spaghetti servers and different containers to fill we had a child who liked to see it fall. bark chippings with bugs we have it mixed with sand and pebbles with dinosaurs in at the moment. finger paints glitter and decorating combs in the tuff spot. dry cornflakes scoops and containers as they crunch them up at the end of the day let them add water smells good and changes the texture. Anybody done baked beans? what do you put in with them?

sue

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