After reading yesterday all about how sensory play could be the key to helping Reuben eat a wider variety of food, I scoured the house in search of ‘sensory stuff’. I already had the original sensory box full of pinto beans, bow ties, garden tools and some plastic eggs, but Reuben was pretty bored of that, so I was on the hunt for something new and I found these things…

1. some little trucks that Reuben LOVES

2. some little animals he’s less interested in ATM

3. some sugar, salt and gluten free rice puffs that look and taste like polystyrene – yak

4. some Tupperware

Sensory play using stuff around the house! Rice puffs, pinto beans, bow tie pasta, little toys, they all make for great sensory play! http://www.mumsdays.com/more-sensory-play/

I chose to go with the rice and diggers, set a blanket outside and put the box in the middle to try and catch as much of the polystyrene ‘rice’ as possible (it will never hold it all)! And this is how it went down.

Sensory play using stuff around the house! Rice puffs, pinto beans, bow tie pasta, little toys, they all make for great sensory play! http://www.mumsdays.com/more-sensory-play/

He ignored me for a few minutes because he was busy with his garage but once he spotted it, yeah man…oh at this point I should mention that Rueben is wearing a dirty t-shirt and some PJ bottoms. Keeping it real people.

Sensory play using stuff around the house! Rice puffs, pinto beans, bow tie pasta, little toys, they all make for great sensory play! http://www.mumsdays.com/more-sensory-play/

He delicately played for a few minutes picking up some puffs of rice and putting them in the tipper truck until…

Sensory play using stuff around the house! Rice puffs, pinto beans, bow tie pasta, little toys, they all make for great sensory play! http://www.mumsdays.com/more-sensory-play/

…he worked out they were edible and shoved the biggest handful into his mouth. Bearing in mind how minging they taste and he had previously refused them on these grounds, this is mainly because I’d been trying to get him to eat some different stuff at lunch by not giving him as much bread – it didn’t work so he was probably starving at this point.

Sensory play using stuff around the house! Rice puffs, pinto beans, bow tie pasta, little toys, they all make for great sensory play! http://www.mumsdays.com/more-sensory-play/

Sensory play using stuff around the house! Rice puffs, pinto beans, bow tie pasta, little toys, they all make for great sensory play! http://www.mumsdays.com/more-sensory-play/

He munched for a while, then tipped it all out (so glad of the blanket) and sat in it…

Sensory play using stuff around the house! Rice puffs, pinto beans, bow tie pasta, little toys, they all make for great sensory play! http://www.mumsdays.com/more-sensory-play/

…then danced in it…

Sensory play using stuff around the house! Rice puffs, pinto beans, bow tie pasta, little toys, they all make for great sensory play! http://www.mumsdays.com/more-sensory-play/

…and ran through it.

Sensory play using stuff around the house! Rice puffs, pinto beans, bow tie pasta, little toys, they all make for great sensory play! http://www.mumsdays.com/more-sensory-play/

Quite fun really!

Do you do any sensory play with your kids? What sort of everyday stuff do you use?