Here is a lovely sensory play idea. Using fruit tea bags and a little water you can create art whilst also enjoying the beautiful smells that come along with it.

Thanks to Ryan, from Bridgend, South Wales, who sent in this great fruit tree rainbow idea. Let’s take a look at it…

What did you do?

A fun, simple sensory activity that we’ve repeated again and again.
I placed different fruit tea bags into seperate containers and added the smallest amout of water. (too much water will drench the paper and dilute the colours)
We looked at the different colours, smells and even the tastes.
Our biggest Little wanted to do a rainbow and then her and her little sister simply enjoyed mark making and smelling the paper.
As a little magical bonus, the colours change as they dry.

The sensory aspects of this activity is what makes it so wonderfully enjoyable.

A photo of 2 children sitting at a table painting.  there are 5 bowls with coloured teabags inside

Tell the Housebound With Kids community a bit about yourself…

Hi, I’m Ryan.
I’m a dad of three beautiful children, Ruby 4, and a set of twins, Rosie and Rupert who are 2.5.
My boy, Rupert, has down syndrome. Whilst we had all been sheilding, I took an interest (as finally had the time) in what my wife was doing with our children.
It looked like fun, so I stopped watching and got involved. I’m so glad I did. It’s a wonderful feeling to know I’m having such a positive affect on my children’s education and our bond is so much stronger. I used to sit on my phone or watch TV until they were done but now I’m planning and preparing activities to do with them. It helps that I’m a big kid at heart.

Do you have any tips for other parents?

Turn off the tv.
Sing, dance, read, enjoy the garden. Try and tap into all the things you used to love as a kid.

What are your family’s favourite board game(s)/card game(s)?

Dinosaur bingo

What are your children’s favourite books?

The smoos and the smeds and whatever next.

What toys would you recommend to other parents?

Anything you find in nature. It’s free and encourages imagination. We are constantly making or creating things we find in nature. From stacking pebbles and making stick figures to nature soups and potions. It’s so open-ended.

Has this website and community helped you?

I think anywhere where you can pool resources, gain inspiration and insight imagination is brilliant.