Foam Plate Sensory Play

by Alissa Marquess on November 2, 2011

Foam Plate Sensory Play Set Up

A foam plate with a design to poke holes in and a cork with a toothpick stuck in one end

A foam plate…hmmm, this has interesting possibilities for sensory play…

Uh oh, Leland seems out of sorts this morning, I better give him something interesting to do right away…

Maybe he’d like to stab holes in the letter ‘L’… I’ll draw a leaf too…there, that’s kind of cute…

Sure Mom, I can stab the ‘L’…

Foam Plate Stabbing with Toothpick

He played along with my idea for about 30 seconds.

Oh, but if we get that paper out of the way I can stab  and scratch the foam!

Scratching the foam plate

Then he decided scratching and stabbing without paper was better sensory fun.

Hey- flipping this over is even better! >stab< >stab< >stab<

Upside down foam plate being stabbed

An upside down foam plate offers yet another senesory experience

This stuff feels neat when you break it! Look what I can do!

Foam plate destruction fun

Eventually just stabbing with a toothpick was not enough.

My work here is done.

On completely sensory played out plate.

Complete destruction was what was needed.

And with his sensory needs filled, he calmly sat down and ate his breakfast.

14 comments
Sam
Sam

Great idea. I can't believe that it has never occurred to me that I'm always trying to get them to "create" when of course, what they really want to do is "destroy". Thanks

cheryl
cheryl

wow - - that's every craft w/my 4yo grandson! Let's just get to the end so I can do what I want! He is not a craft person unless it's good and messy. - - this is a good one tho that I know he'll love. thanks!

Alissa
Alissa

We continue to destroy foam trays every chance we get, I hope you try it and have some fun :)

jackie @ happy hooligans
jackie @ happy hooligans

I've just spotted this over at Hands on As we Grow's fine motor round up. I think your cork and toothpick idea is brilliant! (oh, and who can resist that satisfying snap that comes with breaking up a styrofoam meat tray?!!)

Amanda
Amanda

Awesome! Don't you just love it when your child decides to do something totally different than you had planned? Love the idea of stabbing a foam plate.

Maureen
Maureen

I love this!! I've been working on a series on my blog on purposely destructive educational activities. Some kids need it to be ok to do this! :) Would you mind if I feature your post?

Jane @ Mama Pea Pod
Jane @ Mama Pea Pod

Haha, sometimes a bit of destruction goes a long way towards making you feel better! Great way to channel that energy positively! (Think I might need some foam plates myself tonight!)

Aleacia
Aleacia

This is fun, sometimes as an adult I forget that my kids have only been on the earth for such a short amount of time, they really need to experiment with their environment. What a great way to encourage that!

Rashmie @MommyLabs
Rashmie @MommyLabs

So adorable. Love the simplicity of this activity. Simple, yet so meaningful...

Ali
Ali

I love it. So simple, my 3 year old will love stabbing holes in a foam tray. Thanks for sharing this idea.

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