Sensory Messy Play

Each week our dedicated child development peer support mentor, Franki, runs targeted sensory messy play classes for our neonatal graduates.

These sessions, which are carefully created by Franki, offer our children the opportunity to enhance their development through encouraging exploration of all senses, promoting sensory integration and brain development, vital for early years, in a stimulating and safe environment.

During sensory messy play children will develop many aspects of their development such as:
• fine and gross motor skills
• hand eye coordination
• balance
• support their muscle tone and strength,
• increase their tolerance of food
• support their sensory system
• language and communication

Each week offers a different theme allowing our children to safely discover the world of textures, smells, tastes, and sounds. They will have the freedom to explore at their own pace developing their imagination and creativity. We encourage children to use their, fingers, hands, toes and feet through pouring, scooping, squeezing, grasping, developing their gross and fine motor skills and hand eye co-ordination.

Many babies who have had a neonatal stay are at risk of having oral aversions or sensory processing concerns. These classes offer structured early intervention from as early as 4 months, aimed at supporting our children to thrive. By building these areas of development from an early age can have benefits around weaning, physical milestones and prepare them for pre-school. This is because children have been learning the fundamental development skills such as fine motor skills, whilst mark making, which will aid their muscle tone and help them with holding a pencil. At the same time, they are learning about food in a fun, non-stressful environment, sometimes before weaning has started, helping reduce oral aversions. It is provision provided that enriches every area of child development within one activity!

Messy play is a highly engaging activity perfect for both little ones and parents to get involved in and enjoy together. These dedicated classes offer a special opportunity for infant/parent bonding as parents can support their child’s development through play. Sensory messy play helps families create a magical imaginative world in their tuff trays.

Facts & Figures

79% of parents said a neonatal stay affected their mental health

Leo’s saw a 337% increase in need due to COVID-19

Did you know, reading to your baby in the NICU helps their development?

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