Easter Sensory Small World Play

I’ve been looking for a reason to get the blue tray out again for a little while, having quite a few small polystyrene decoration eggs left from making my Easter Wreath gave me just the excuse.

Easter Sensory Tuff Spot

I wanted to keep the mess very low, as I have already given myself lots to prepare on the run up to the Easter Weekend and the impending Easter Egg Hunt. Monkey makes reference to this several times a day at the moment. Its not the chocolate its the little plastic eggs!! So I didn’t want to add to the workload. Plus if I kept to dry materials depending on my mood I may even leave it out until Friday, for the other little ones to enjoy.


Therefore I was very selective with the items I choose. Again I set up three distinct areas. Monkeys favourite rainbow rice which had a nest, chicks and small polystyrene eggs placed strategically around it.


A grassy area made from shredded green cellophane, with little pom pom bunnies, silk leaves and flowers and the third area predominately formed of raffia with plastic eggs of various sizes and more pom poms in pastel colours. It took under 10 minutes to set up. Our rainbow rice is now about 12 months old, considering this it has held its colour well. But I don’t think it will be long before I need to make a new batch.

I also made available some salad servers which I had picked up in the 99p shop and some scissor scoops. On reflection the salad servers are really too big but they were his preference.


I only had one wicker nest which I brought from Hobbycraft and far too many eggs to fill it. Especially once Monkey had acquired the other left over ones from his small part play area… This lead to making more nests out of the raffia and discussion around which ones should go in the nest first.


In his eyes only some of them had chicks in, the existing chicks were not allowed in the nests, so we put them in the plastic eggs instead.  Although once in the eggs they were not allowed to hatch!! It fitted well with a project they are going to be running at his nursery where they are going to have fertilised eggs in the next week or so to observe.

He spent most of the time using the salad servers to put the eggs into the nests and then burying the eggs with the rainbow rice.

The only way I could get him to leave it for bedtime was to promise not to put it away, so I will take that as a success.



  1. wendy

    Wow, this looks like great fun. Where did you get the blue tray from?I really want one for doing messy play at home. Looks like Monkey really enjoyed this, the rainbow rice is amazing xx #BloggerClubUK

  2. mummystodolist

    My two would love this and so many fab materials we’ve yet to explore – definitely need to try the rainbow rice! #BloggerClubUK

  3. Sarah - Craft Invaders

    This is fab, I love the rainbow rice and the shredded cellophane – I can just imagine how this would feel to play with 🙂 It’s great they have hatching eggs at school, its such a brilliant thing to watch – I once managed to stay up the entire night watching eggs hatch in our incubator – not to be advised when you have young kids, makes for a very knackered mummy the next day!

  4. Kerry-Ann

    Such a fantastic idea. Sensory play has really come a long way since my Munchkins were little! You have really great ideas to keep Monkey happy – such a lucky boy?

  5. Hot Pink Wellingtons

    This is so cute! My son has never been keen on messy play, but he is slowly coming round to it, so this looks like something we could try as it doesn’t look too messy, if you see what I mean! #bloggerclubuk

  6. anywaytostayathome

    Amazing! I love the all dry ideas, it makes sensory play seem far less scary! I love the big blue tray, I need to find one, it looks like it will work a lot better than my current solution, a shower curtain I bought from the 99p store and just lay out on the floor, it keeps things clean but means I usually go for a fold a dump afterwards which puts me off as I dislike the waste. #BloggerClubUK

  7. randommusings29

    That’s definitely a success! You always come up with such good ideas for sensory play 🙂 I love the pom-pom chicks. Thanks for hosting #BloggerClubUK

  8. squishedblueberries

    What a lovely activity! We have a builders tray but I’ve not been as imaginative with it as I’d planned and we mainly just do playdough in it (and it was an indoor puddle the other day when i was desperate!) You’ve definitely inspired me to start making more of an effort to set up some sensory play. Im really impressed that you’ve managed to keep the same rainbow rice for 12 months!!! Whenever I’ve made it it ends up getting spread across the entire house before I have to hoover it up.

  9. cvnxena

    awww I love this! I loved your other small world play too! such a cool and thoughtful idea! and great for incorporating and teaching about easter too! where did you get the blue tray from? #BloggerClubUK

  10. Unhinged Mummy (aka Janine Woods)

    This looks so much fun and I don’t usually like messy play truth be told but with all the items being dry I think this is something I could cope with lol. My son doesn’t like getting messy (sensory issues) so this could definitely be one for him as well and I know that my two year old would love this. How on earth or where do you get rainbow rice from though?


  11. Helen

    Wow! This is really impressive. I also only like non-messy play – so some great ideas. Such a nice thing to do with your ‘monkey’. Thumbs up good mum-ing! #BloggerClubUK

  12. Becky, Cuddle Fairy

    This is such a lovely play set. The salad scoop makes a really great addition to the play & helps with motor skills. It’s definitely a good sign that he wanted it left out for the morning. The rainbow rice is a lovely idea & really brightened up the set. x

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