In my never ending quest to find new sensory play experiences for my kids, I recently happened upon a material that was new to me called play foam. Play foam is a wonderful sensory material because it is very moldable, yet doesn’t stick to hands or other surfaces and clean up is a breeze. It also provides good fine motor practice. Plus, the bright colors make it so inviting to engage with!
One recent morning when my husband and I were doing some cooking, I set out our play foam and some cupcake liners and invited the kids to play. Little did I know just how much fun QBoy and XGirl would have with this awesome sensory play experience!
The kids started by making cupcakes.
Of course, they needed candles to make their cupcakes complete.
And they just kept adding to their cupcakes until they were truly quite beautiful.
Eventually, the cupcakes were so big I couldn’t see the liners anymore!
After more than an hour (seriously!!) of cupcake making, QBoy decided to make some pizza as well. He had a great time pounding the play foam flat to make his crust.
And then he started balling up his play foam and hiding objects inside.
And I even took a quick break from cooking to make a little snowman.
After two whole hours (!!) of engaging in this wonderful sensory experience, my husband and I eventually had to make the kids stop so we could clean up and eat lunch. This activity was such a hit, I know for sure we’ll get a lot more use out of our play foam.
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