Now baby I is almost 10 months and the weather is getting warmer I decided to get together with a couple of friends and try out some messy play ideas in the park! I’m not massively creative and the idea of messy anything usually sends me into a cold sweat however, the fact we were in the park meant mess was minimal and easily cleared away (a huge plastic picnic blanket scooped into a bin bag at the end!) plus if you literally good “edible sensory play ideas” there are so many to choose from.
We scoured Pinterest for ideas, here are a few of our favourite :
Rainbow breadcrumbs – super easy and edible! All you need is a blender, bread, food colouring, milk and a toaster!
•Lightly toast a loaf of bread and break up approximately 4 slices at a time into blender (I used my nutribullet with the milling blade)
• For each batch add a different food colouring with a dash of full fat milk (or your preferred milk)
• Blend until you have fine breadcrumbs. I found if I added to much milk they were very sticky. Took a few attempts!
Next up we had rainbow spagetti, which is even simpler and super quick and again, edible for those pesky minis who inevitably put everything in their mouths!
• Cook your spagetti
• Add a few drops of food colouring to ziploc bags (one for each colour)
• Transfer equal amounts of cooked pasta to the bags and use your hands to spread evenly.
• Rinse pasta to remove any excess food colouring
Lastly we had some sugar free jelly with added berries for the babies to go digging for, some whipped cream and a bubble machine!
Baby I was cautious and very reserved, I’m not sure she touched anything for at least 20 minutes. The other babies dived in head first, literally! But for her first experience I reckon it went pretty well and by the end even she was sampling some whipped cream mixed with breadcrumbs.
Overall a fun afternoon, easy entertainment and makes for some great photo opps!