"Unauthorized" Sensory Play

We do a LOT of sensory play. The “Sensory Activities” section is the most active one, and with the help of the blogosphere, we come up with and try out new ones all the time.

This morning after her bath, E put on lotion as usual but somehow, the bottle wasn’t put up the way it usually is. While I was cooking, I suddenly realized that it was eerily quiet – and when I went to check, this is what I found:

Lotion on the balcony railing.

Yep, E had spread lotion on the glass on the balcony railing – not unlike the way we’ve recently painted the balcony window, played with shaving cream on the window, and covered a mirror in shaving cream and water.

Of course I talked to her about it and told her that we can only play like that when I’m there but really, the only way of ensuring that this doesn’t happen is putting up the bottle of lotion where E can’t get to it.

She’s not quite 2 1/2 yet, and while she normally knows not to do something like this on her own, I realize that sometimes, it’s just too darn tempting, and that little mind runs away with her 😉

I didn’t realize it until I looked back on the incident later but she did also did keep to the kind of surface we’ve used in sensory play and didn’t try to work the lotion into the carpet or other similarly unsuitable locations.

Do your kids ever get “inspired” by your sensory activities while you’re not looking? How do you handle such situations?

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