A child-height, bashable, waterproof tray table can transform opportunities for play at home. Fill it with shaving foam, jelly, rice, sand or water and you have a neatly contained environment in which to explore sensory activities and practice all kinds of fine-motor skills. A Tuff Spot or similar also works well as a context for small world play, which may or may not contain messy elements. With moss and stones from the garden set the scene for the Three Billy Goats Gruff, use sand to create your own Sahara desert, or make an Arctic scene with shaving foam and play figures.
About The Author
I'm Alexis, father of four and founder of One Hundred Toys, Get Set Five and A Year With My Child. I taught in London primary schools for thirteen years, specialising in the early years. I studied at the Institute of Education, part of the University of London, both for my PGCE and my as-yet-unfinished masters. I'm especially interested in schemas and how they help us understand the motivations behind toddlers' play.