Make some scented rosemary water for all natural sensory play and exploration, as a real treat for the senses! Perfect for outdoor water play and investigating plants and their properties more closely.
On the few warm, sunny days we have had so far this year (I think we can count them on one hand sadly) the kids have immediately been playing outside all day long, up to their elbows in water, sand and mud as usual! I’ve been keen to introduce some new, simple ways to reinvigorate water and sand play, by adding a few new basic elements.(Here is a post about revitalising the sand box.)
We have a huge rosemary bush in our garden which needed to be cut back, so the girls used some scissors and helped me to do this, then I thought we would have a go at using it to make natural infusions which smell wonderfully aromatic!
We put the cut branches in a large bowl, topped it up with water and left it overnight to soak in. Simple! The result was a wonderfully strong, perfumed scent of rosemary and a slight green tinge to the water.
Then we poured it into a large, shallow sensory tub (we mainly use under-bed storage tubs) and added a rotary whisk (fantastic for gross motor strength and co-ordination), a sieve and a range of utensils and bowls for free play.They whisked up some deliciously scented soups and milkshakes, sieved the “vegetables” out and re-mixed over and over again, talking together all the while. All of the usual water play occurred with pouring, scooping and transferring between containers. as well as discovering what each new utensil could do.
Baby Bean has really started to play alongside her big sisters now and loved the accessibility of this water play set up. I had the added bonus of knowing it was safe for her to play with even if she put some in her mouth (although for once she didn’t try!)
What they are learning as they play:
phse: exploring the world using all of the senses, co-operative play
creativity: using one object to represent another in imaginative play
science/ KUW: investigating how things work, pouring water, understanding that some plants have a scent
physical: gross motor skill and co-ordination to turn a rotary whisk, pouring with control, hand:eye co-ordination
Bean: 15 mos