Mash potato sensory play

mash potato sensory playThis is another simple and edible messy play that I put together for Poppet. The idea came from an open day at her nursery where there was edible paint which was basically mashed potato and food colouring. I’d forgotten all about it until I found myself with left over mash one night. I put it in a Tupperware and put it in the fridge over night. The following day I divided the mash in to two (since I only have 2 food colourings in at present, must buy more colours soon) and add some food colouring to each. There was no measuring, I just added and mixed until I was happy with the colour.

IMG_9056 IMG_9047After nap time one afternoon, I put Poppet in her highchair wearing a wipe clean, long sleeve bib and gave her the two tubs of mash. She seemed puzzled and made no attempt to touch it. So I tipped the mash on to the high chair tray and started playing with it myself to encourage her. Still she didn’t seem interested in touching it. Eventually she started to very carefully touch the edges of the pile. I kept playing with it and rolled a small ball together and handed it to her. She started playing with it a bit more and as expected she tasted a few bits. Eventually after a lot of encouragement she really got interested and started squashing the mash enthusiastically. She seemed to really enjoy it for a short time & then just stopped altogether.IMG_9057 IMG_9084

This is a great sensory play idea for older babies and toddlers who still put everything in their mouths and one that I will be repeating again soon.


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