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Welcome to Mini Milestones!
We are an arts and crafts provider through sensory play. Mini Milestones are dedicated to providing a fun and entertaining way for children to learn, play and create while achieving learning outcomes linked to the Board of Studies syllabus.
We are pleased to announce that we are also recognised as a Creative kids provider. This means that you can apply your $100 Creative Kids Voucher through us.
Our world is changing, and our children are adapting to different ways to interact, express themselves and focus on their creative skills.
Benefits of sensory play
With sensory play, there’s always much more going on than meets the eye. Sensory play encourages children to explore and investigate. It allows the children to build nerve connections in the brain, encourages the development of motor skills, supports language development, and encourages scientific thinking and problem solving.
1. Use Everyday Items In Your House for Sensory Play
You can use some of the simplest things that you have around the house as sensory toys or items. Things like a toilet paper roll, a cooking pot, a wooden spoon, or even those leftover straws from your local takeout place.
Using these things you have laying around, you can make a ton of fun sensory play activities for your child.
Another idea is having your child try to fit noodles into the holes of a colander (strainer) which will challenge them to be problem solvers.
Sensory play is an essential skill for a young child to have, and when they break the spaghetti noodles into pieces, they are also developing important cognitive skills such as problem-solving.
2. Use Playdough to help their creativity
Sensory Play can be explored through various arts and crafts projects. Older children will benefit from playing with playdough which they can mold into shapes and feel it’s texture.
Playdough is also a great tool for your child to use when they are trying to learn how to write letters and numbers. They can cut out letters or numbers from their playdough, then place them on a cookie which will give them the skills they need for future endeavors.
Give your child the opportunity to explore their senses by playing with often messy items, including playdough, paint, sand, and shaving cream.
3. Use Sensory Bottles
You can make your own sensory tools such as sensory bottles by recycling used water bottles. You just need bottles, some small beads, or small pebbles.
Just add the small beads or small pebbles into the bottles and seal them up. These can be used to make music or to observe how the contents inside move about inside the bottle.
4. Make a Sensory Observation
Younger children either preschool or primary age, challenge their curiosity by creating a science bin. This could include activities like kinetic sand, slime, magnets, or any other science-like items.
You could draw different shapes of things on paper and have them colour with items from around the house. Encourage the children to use different materials and textures.