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Fruit Sensory Play

Updated: Sep 29, 2023

In the world of childhood development, play is much more than just entertainment; it is a vital pathway for learning and growth. One particularly fascinating and effective form of play is sensory play. This hands-on, engaging activity sparks curiosity, enhances cognitive skills, and nurtures a child's overall development. In this article, we'll delve into the magical realm of sensory play, understanding what it is and why it's so important for children.

What is Sensory Play?

Sensory play is a type of play that engages one or more of the five senses like sight, touch, hearing, taste, and smell in a stimulating and exploratory manner. It involves creating an environment where children can interact with various textures, materials, and elements, igniting their senses and encouraging them to explore the world around them. This type of play often involves hands-on activities that are both entertaining and educational.

Importance of the fruit play:

1. Sensory Exploration: Sensory play encourages children to explore the world around them using their senses. Through activities like touching, smelling, and even tasting fruits, children develop a deeper understanding of different textures, smells, and flavours.

2. Fine Motor Skill: Manipulating fruits during sensory play, such as picking up small watermelon cubes or using utensils to cut slices, helps refine fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

3. Creativity and Imagination: Sensory play stimulates imaginative thinking as children engage in pretend play scenarios using fruits as props.

4. Cognitive Development: Sensory play stimulates brain development by promoting cognitive skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and decision-making. Children learn to make comparisons, identify patterns, and categorise objects based on sensory attributes.

Watermelon Sensory play

Materials Needed:

  • Large watermelon

  • Container

  • Child-friendly utensils (shape cutter)

  • Small cups and plates

  • Filter

  • Towels for easy cleanup

  • Water

  • Masher

  • Optional: aprons and bowl

Step 1: Prepare the Watermelon

The adults help to cut the watermelon into large slices, and remove the seeds.

Invite the kids to join in the preparation by doing simple task such as:

  1. Rinse the watermelon surface dirt's

  2. Put the watermelon away to the plates once sliced by the adult

  3. Bring it to the table

Step 2: Set up and introduce

Introduce kids the utensils that will be used during the sensory play using flashcards, identify and look for the items like a scavenger hunt to make it more interesting.

Step 3: Provide Child-Friendly Tools

Provide the shape cutters to them. These shapes will allow kids to explore the different functions of tools with the watermelon pieces and create their own imaginative play scenarios.

Step 4: Engage in Play

Invite the young kids to explore the watermelon pieces. Encourage them to use the tools to slice and interact with the watermelon. They can pick up the shaped slices, squeeze them with the masher and make juice.

Step 5: Imaginative Play

Encourage imaginative play by asking kids to pretend they are at a watermelon picnic. They can pour the squeezed juice into their cups to drink and share it with others.

Step 6: Clean Up

After the play session, assist the children in cleaning up the watermelon sensory play area. Use towels to clean hands and any surfaces that may have gotten wet. Fun to play, is also fun to clean up together!

Remember, the key is to let the children lead the play and exploration at their own pace. Sensory play is all about discovery, creativity, and enjoyment!

Activity: Watermelon Sensory Play (One to one)

Activity: Watermelon Sensory Play (Group)

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