Children are the best judges of exactly what sensory input they need and it’s useful to follow their lead when it comes to sensory play opportunities.
No matter how cold, many children at school are drawn to the icy layer on outdoor tables for mark making, patterns and writing.
As long as their hands have a chance to warm up again afterwards, this is a great case of leave them to their creativity and enthusiasm. You can always fill tough trays in the garden with a safe, shallow amount of water, or tip a bucket a water over outdoor furniture before bedtime.
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