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Hi, does anyone know of any document, research etc on the benefits of sensory play especially food products jelly etc. Need to provide a solid reason for using these.

 

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There is a school of thought that using food encourages wastefulness. I dont like food being used for the simple reason I've seen children play with food as an activity and then later are told off for playing with their lunch.

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Heres a fab document a lady at uni forwarded to me, she used it to support her EYPS baby placement, I will certainly be passing it onto my parents and staff

 

Here's a link to a article about sensory play short article you can always refer to, there are numerous similar ones if you just google 'sensory play'

 

there are a few books on amazon about sensory play, pretty sure if you have any books/articles on babies and under threes it will discuss the benefits of exploring bodies and play through the senses-Elinor Goldschmied discusses heuristic play if that is close enough link?

 

Birth to Three Matters will have lots on sensory play- the B-3M Review by David et al. also discusses it

...haven't seen anything specifically about the use of food, it is controversial with some but taste is a sense so we need food to experiment with... on Embarassing Bodies the psychologist used food play- using the senses to explore the food- with a little boy who didn't eat very well in order to work through his issue with food

can't think of anything else for now , hope that helps though!

messy_play_ideas.pdf

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