Harrison is a little bit like me, fussy with textures. I struggle with the feeling of sponge, cotton wool, anything like that, although I’m getting better. Unfortunately,I seem to have passed this trait onto Harrison – not good for a little boy who is supposed to like getting mucky! When he was younger I couldn’t get him to do handprints because he hated paint on his hands. He doesn’t mind it so much now but still gets anxious if he gets paint on him!
To try and overcome this and to stop Alex being the same, I’m trying to do lots of sensory activities. This Halloween sensory tub was based on lots of different activities I’ve seen on Pinterest.
I cooked a pan full of spaghetti, but added some green food colouring to the water. It needed quite a lot to give it a deep colour. Then it was left for hours to go cold. I then put it in a clear tub (from Ikea) and added in some rubber bats I’d bought from the 99p shop and some googly eyes from Tesco. I put a plastic table covering on the floor and then let the kids get on with it.
They loved it! The box containing their toy kitchen equipment was in the same room, and without prompting, they got them out and used them to pick up the spaghetti and put it into bowls etc, saying they were cooking!
The spaghetti lasted in the tub until the next day. Even though I’d sealed the tub it started to go dry and was looking a bit furry from being played with. It’s perfectly safe for younger kids like Alex who might want to try eating it!