When we are having one of those days where I need to pull out all my tricks, foil is a life saver. Inspired by One Perfect Day's fantastic invitation to play, building blocks and foil, I have been setting up 'invitations to play with foil' for my kids and they love it.
It's not difficult to see why. Foil is a great sensory material. It's shiny and smooth to begin with but once handled it becomes crinkly and makes a wonderful sound when scrunched.
Setting up an invitation to play with foil doesn't take a lot of time. I spend a few minutes walking around the house looking for loose parts, household objects or toys which might pair well with the foil or bring about a surprising outcome.
The foil can be presented in small or large pieces and in different shapes or strips.
We've included shells, seed pods, pegs, small boxes, blocks, pine cones, wooden spoons, cutlery, doll house furniture, paddle pop sticks, toy cars, q-tips, cotton balls and believe it or not, door knobs.
Both my two-year-old and four-year-old enjoy playing independently with foil and and are able to do so side-by-side at their own skill level. They wrap some objects into tiny parcels and add shiny embellishments to others. The foil can also be moulded into any shape they please but often they just want to move it around, feel the scrunch in their hands and hear that amazing sound.
Once they're done, you can save the foil for your kids to use again in a different way. I vary the way our 'invitations to play' are presented so my two are engaged just long enough for me to have some much needed time to myself.
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