Sensory Play With Food!

Ideas for those days at home.

What do kids love more than making a mess with food?

At The Brook, we are all about providing children with opportunities to engage in play they really love. We are also big advocates for sustainable living which is why we’ve taken a few simple concepts and turned them into interesting and resourceful activities to teach children about playing with food.

Pinwheel Sandwich

Food + colours + mess = fun!


Sounds like mums’ worst nightmare, but it also offers them the opportunity to understand how to differentiate between when it’s acceptable (when provided with the right environment) and when it’s not (when we are trying to enjoy a nice family dinner out of the house, for once…)

Rainbow SpaghettiRainbow Spaghetti

An easy a simpler-than-it-looks activity that involves cheap, cooked pasta and food colouring. The best part is, you can heat it up and add Bolognese for dinner later on!

All you do is cook the pasta, separate and dye in lots, allow to dry out until dye sticks and let your children go crazy.

Introduce tongs for a fine motor activity or try burying delicious treasure (peas and corn) for them to discover!

Wobbly JellyWobbly Jelly

Who doesn’t love wobbling jelly? Just make it up and let your children squish, squeeze and eat until they have had enough.

Jelly is a low-calorie activity for the family to get messy and enjoy. It’s also a great way to cool down during the Summer.

If you are conscious about sugar, try the sugar-free variety to avoid those crashes from over-enjoying the experience later on…

Sorting CerealsCereal Sorting

It’s up to you what kind of cereal you use, bran with flakes and fruit in it works just as well. Give your child a used egg carton (so sustainable!) and let them sort the cereal until they are satisfied with the result.

It’s a great way to spend those slow school holiday mornings as they also get in some healthy snacks while playing too.

If you are feeling adventurous, you can dye the cereal pieces and make it a colour activity to engage younger siblings too. If you think your child might engage better in fine motor play, why not try threading with string and cereal?

Toy trucks on oats and cornflakes4-Wheel Driving

There are endless opportunities to play with trucks and children never get tired of ‘brroooming’ around the house.

Grab some rolled oats or crushed cornflakes and create your own 4WD track for them to bump up and down on.

Dry cereal is easy to sweep up, but it can also be composted back into the garden when you’re finished.

Rubiks cube made with fruitsEdible Artwork

This activity is just a fun one for those who are quite creative, have time to spare and feel like their children could gain from arty experiences by exploring their imaginations through food.

And of course, eating it!

The options are endless here, just remember to be process-focused, and don’t worry if your outcome isn’t Insta-worthy. It is guaranteed that your children will gain much more out of this experience then meets the eye (and stomach!)

And don’t forget to have fun!

Ants on a log - kid's food



The Benefits of Play to Children

Never underestimate child’s play. Although it might look like simple leisure time when kids are fighting dragons, riding unicorns and making potions, they are actually developing crucial life skills and preparing their brains for the many challenges of adulthood.

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