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Hot off the Press...
Keen to do our bit to help make Christmas easier, this year we’re offering handmade luxurious fleece Christmas stockings, each jam-packed with 16 amazing sensory toys. Priced at just £38, choose from 3 years plus or 8 years plus options. Once Christmas is over use the cosy bag for feely games or transporting those all-important sensory toys. Find out more here and watch this space for the big reveal!
Here's a sneak peek at the cover of Sue's latest book Messy Play in the Early Years - Supporting Learning through Material Engagements being published in time for Christmas!
"This remarkable book gives us the whys and wherefores of messy play, and ways of putting it into practice."
Another Messy Play Masterclass is in the pipeline but in the meantime, why not check our pinterest boards for Messy Play ideas without destroying the environment. Fresh from speaking at an international early childhood research conference in Budapest, Sue has also just co-authored a chapter on children's rights and written a chapter on 0-3's physical movement.
Sensory Play Resources, Equipment and Training
Sensory engagement is essential to children's development, wellbeing and learning. For the last 10 years we've made it our business specialising in providing a stimulating range of sensory resources and equipment for babies, toddlers and primary age children as well as special educational needs. Our handmade, ethical and award-winning Treasure Baskets, Stacking Hoops and heuristic play resources provide early sensory stimulation and a sensory education, not to mention being unique and ethical too as many are made in the UK by adults with physical and learning disabilities.
Our resources are also suitable for children and adults with sensory processing, physical, emotional or behavioral difficulties, providing proprioceptive feedback, calming relief or acting as self-regulation and fidget tools. See our Twitter feed for the latest news, information and ideas, or why not have a look at our new Catalogue here brimming with tried and tested Sensory Toys and equipment, carefully selected by author, Play Therapist and sensory engagement specialist Sue Gascoyne.
Safety is paramount which is why we go to the trouble and expense of offering EN71 and REACH certified resources. All our handmade and fabric resources are made in the UK and designed and developed by author and award winning trainer Sue Gascoyne, following extensive research and testing. We're proud to work with and support several UK-based centres for Adults with Physical or Learning Difficulties who make many of these resources. If you‘re an advocate of Best of British we think you’ll like what you’ll see!
If you've still not laid your hands on our Sensory Toys and Equipment catalogue packed full of tried and tested favourites and some new additions toys and resources, simply Click here to download a copy, or contact the Play to Z team on 07932 174777 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request your very own copy. As well as being suitable for mainstream use, each and every resource has been carefully selected by sensory play specialist and author, Sue Gascoyne, for its proven ability to support children and adults with an array of sensory processing and attachment difficulties, including Autism and ADHD, giving you confidence and peace of mind.
More Sensory Needs Masterclasses coming soon
What can you expect?
Children's sensory processing difficulties can become an obstacle to learning, and represent a huge challenge for nurseries, schools and parents. This 1 hour session (plus browsing time) from author, Play therapist and trainer Sue Gascoyne, will offer hands-on guidance, demonstrations and bite-sized theory. The session will explore:
How children learn through their senses.
What it feels like to experience the world as a Sensory Being.
Factors to consider when creating an enabling sensory environment.
Low cost measures for supporting the sensory needs of the whole child.
*The Masterclass session takes place between 1.30 and 2.30pm with an opportunity to browse and ask questions between 1.00-3.00.
We know from training feedback how much you appreciate being able to access and use Sue's training materials. With courses on Creativity and Imagination, Science, Enabling Environments for Under Threes, Wellbeing, Sensory Needs and Messy Play, you can access a range of great resources for use in your setting here.