Edible sensory play perfect for babies and toddlers, as well as for older children. The perfect extension activity to the book, Harry the Dirty Dog.
We read the book Harry the Dirty Dog this week for the Virtual Book Club for Kids. My little guy loves playing with dogs, and we are all about edible sensory play for toddlers (just in case something sneaks into their mouths ;)). If you want a food alternative, here is a really fun dog washing sensory bin using real dirt!
Edible sensory play is a great way to introduce this kind of hands on fun and learning as an activity for 1 year olds. Plus, preschoolers and older children will love it as well, making it a win-win.
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Dog Washing Edible Sensory Play
Edible sensory play is excellent for babies and toddlers, as inevitably, little ones like to explore with their mouths. The dogs can just and splash in a giant mud puddle of chocolate pudding!
What you need:
- Chocolate pudding
- Toy dogs (Toob animals are great for sensory play)
- Soapy water
- Plastic bins
- Harry the Dirty Dog
What to do:
Place some chocolate pudding onto a tray or plate. To the pudding, add some toy dogs. We love the small Toob figurines for play. There are awesome in Magnatile houses, sensory bins, or for some pretend play!
Next to the pudding with the dogs, place a bin of warm soapy water. Though this part is not edible – the muddy dogs are! And, most kids are familiar with soapy water and will likely not eat it, but will love to give their dogs a bath!
We added some paintbrushes and washcloths to the play. For kids who are hesitant to get their hands messy with sensory play, adding tools is a great way to help them out. Paintbrushes allow them to get the dogs nice and muddy, while keeping their fingers clean 🙂
My 2 year old enjoyed listening to the book while he played with his dogs in the mud, such a great way to really connect with a story! On the other hand, if you have a real dog, you can provide them with turmeric powder for dogs.
Our dirty dogs enjoyed their warm bath and snuggles, but were quick to get dirty all over again 🙂 Enjoy this edible sensory play and your time with Harry the Dirty Dog!
More Dog-themed activities to do with the book:
- Pet Store Shopping Game – Inspiration Laboratories
- Harry the Dirty Dog Printable Counting Activity- JDaniel4’s Mom
- Biology for Kids: Animal Observation Activity – Mama Smiles
- Alliteration Jumping Game – Sugar, Spice & Glitter