Welcome back to Pondering Playtime, my fortnightly series where I share a favourite picture book and a craft or play activity to go with it. This week, I’ve chosen That’s Not My Fairy by Fiona Watt.
That’s Not My Fairy – What’s the Story?
That’s Not My Fairy is one of many books in the ‘That’s not my…’ series. It’s a touchy-feely book, with different textures on each page. How do you know if it’s your fairy? Well, are her slippers too bumpy? Or is her dress too shiny?
That’s Not My Fairy – Sensory Tuff Spot
This is B’s book really, so I wanted to create a tuff spot that both B (nine months) and M (two and a half) could enjoy. This book is very pink, and has lots of shiny and sparkly elements. So, I set about collecting anything pink that I could find from around the house (I’m proud to say that this was actually quite challenging, considering that we have two girls!) and anything shiny or sparkly.
I also added a wind-up torch to the tuff spot, so that we could shine it on the different objects in the tray, and talk about which were the most shiny. M’s toy fairy finished it off nicely! Of course, we also had a copy of the book to read, so that we could compare the textures mentioned in the book to the textures in the tuff spot.
You will need:
- Pink sensory scarves.
- Anything pink that you can find in your house – get your children to help you find things!
- Ditto anything sparkly or shiny.
- A torch (not essential, but it was fun to play with and talk about).
That’s Not My Fairy – What M thought
M loved having B playing in the tuff spot with her. Now that B is getting a little older, she is wanting to be included, and this tuff spot was ideal, as there were no potential choking hazards!
I found that M started sharing with B without me having to prompt her – she handed her things to look at, and B loved making ‘music’ with the play untensils and pot!
M was particularly taken with the sensory scarves. She insisted on wearing her tutu (an eBay bargain!) and asked me to tie the scarves around her waist and tuck them into her tutu, to make her skirt even bigger, ‘like a fairy skirt’. She also enjoyed shining the torch onto things, and we talked about whether things were shiny or not.
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