What Do Children Learn From Fruit Tea?
Food Exploration – Exploring food through play is a great way to help fussy eaters try new food. A study in 2017 showed that children who explored food during play were more likely to try those foods during meal times.
Fine Motor Skills – As they explore the different materials and tools within the tray.
Sensory Attributions – What better way could there be to learn about the different textures we can feel?
Mathematics – As they count the materials within the tray as well as exploring different measurements as they fill and empty cups.
Gross Motor Skills – As they use their hand-eye coordination skills to empty and fill containers.
Creativity and Imagination – Due to it’s open ended nature exploring fruit tea within a sensory bin allows children to create their own narrative to their play and test their own ideas.
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How To Make Fruit Tea For Sensory Play
- Caffeine free fruit tea bags
- Hot water
- Place two tea bags into each bowl; you may need to use more than one bowl depending on how much fluid you need and the size of your tray.
- Fill the bowl 3/4 of the way with hot water and leave it to brew.
- Once the water is cool enough to play with, remove the tea bags and pour the water into your tray.
What Is The Best Way To Clean Up Fruit Tea After Sensory Play
Cleaning Up Your Child
Dry your child off with a towel before giving them a quick wipe down with a damp flannel to remove any stickiness.
Cleaning Up A Small Tray
Pour any leftover tea down the drain before rinsing the tray with warm soapy water.
Cleaning A Large Tray
Scoop out as much fruit tea as possible, tipping it down the sink. Use a towel or some kitchen roll to soak up any excess tea before wiping the tray down with a wipe.
Cleaning The Surrounding Area
Use a towel to soak up any excess fruity water and use an anti-bac wipe to clean the area. If it’s on the floor, you could always quickly mop the area to avoid any stickiness.