Make a fun little sensory play activity for babies and toddlers using some coloured hair rollers in different sizes! Such a lovely, tactile exploratory experience and great for little hands to develop co-ordination and motor skills along the way.
I’m a huge lover of scouring the £1 shops (a real teacher habit I think!) and recently saw these packets of bright pink and black hair rollers, sold in sets of three sizes that nest inside each other. They looked like they might be fun for something so we took them home, put them out in a basket as an Invitation to Play for baby Bean to discover!
The rollers made a wonderfully tactile sensory play material and Bean spent a while just exploring them, turning them over and running her fingers over their surface. The bristles make the rollers stick together and that was fun for her to find out as she picked up two at a time and pushed them together, then pulled apart again repeatedly.
She is particularly interested at the moment in putting objects inside boxes and containers, and found that the little rollers could slot inside the bigger ones. I also showed her that there was medium side roller and that all three could fit inside each other, and once she had seen this she was determined to put them all inside each other in the basket. She concentrated for a long while on being able to accomplish her self-directed task and was really pleased with her achievement!
Of course her big sisters were excited to play too and added some long wrapping paper tubes too, for pushing the rollers onto. This added some more stability to the construction side of play, and they used them as part of imaginative play games too.
Cakie made some simple patterns with alternating colours and they both loved building towers and structures which Bean then wanted to pull apart and knock over (as is a baby’s main aim in life, naturally!)
These will make a good addition to the loose parts we have in baskets for open ended play, and combine really well with other construction materials. [You can see our loose parts discovery boxes here.]