Leigh's Nurseries Newcastle

Sensory Play!


Sensory play is important, particularly for young children. It helps support their problem solving and curiosity and allows them to understand how their actions affect those around them. There are lots of ways you can incorporate sensory elements into your play at home.
Sensory bottles are something that you can make using old water bottles and materials you may find around the house. Using water, food and oil you can create a lava lamp effect, creating a calming environment for children. They can observe the movement of the objects inside while practicing their gross motor skills as well as their hand to eye coordination. Children can also play aurally by observing the sounds made when shaken. Zip lock bags are great for this too as they give the added element of being something tangible in the child’s hand.
Sensory play is great for all ages and our Sunflowers also enjoy creating sensory bottles searching nursery together for items based around a certain topic. For example hiding objects inside beginning with the same letter or colour. This gets the children involved in the process which they always enjoy. Similarly you can get the children involved in making musical instruments using a range of dried produce like pasta, rice and lentils etc to create a range of different sounds when shaken. Another way to explore senses at home would be creating a sensory box with fabrics. The children love exploring different textures at nursery and particularly enjoy touching familiar materials.
Lots of love,
Leigh and the team xxx

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Contact Information

Please feel free to contact us to arrange a visit. We'd love to show you what we do!

Newcastle Nursery

Chesters Ave, Longbenton, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 8QP

0191 259 9299


7.30am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday

Gateshead Nursery

The Den, Westfield Terrace, Gateshead NE8 4LD

0191 477 1097


7.30am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday

Heddon Nursery

1 Taberna Cl, Heddon-on-the-Wall, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 0BW

01661 854001


7.30am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday