Guest post! Amelia from Learn with Lily

Updated: Apr 3, 2021



Hi everyone!


I'm Amelia and I'm a qualified early years professional, mum to 12 month old Lily and the creator of Learn with Lily sensory kits ! I have worked and studied in early years settings for the last 17 years which is where I really grew and developed my love of play based learning and all things sensory. When Elisa asked me to write a blog post, I was thrilled at the opportunity to be able to share my passion for early years education

When my daughter was born last year, each day I looked forward to putting my expertise to good use and planning lots of activities for her. I was delighted to see that she loved heuristic play and sensory opportunities just as much as I do.

Like many new mums, I didn’t expect to be raising my daughter during a pandemic so I really put my knowledge into practise and incorporated as many sensory experiences into our home learning as possible. I experimented with a vast variety of sensory bases for her to explore from when she was just four months old including baked beans, body painting and even edible slime ( all of which often required a good old kitchen sink bath afterwards I might add!) Which is where “Learn with Lily” was born.

I wanted to channel my creativity and develop an online platform to empower parents with their child’s learning and development by providing interactive play opportunities and ideas on how to promote home learning. Now more than ever, home learning has so many incredible benefits. I really wanted to help families unleash the development potential at home through practical guidance and activity ideas!

I started my “Learn with Lily” @learnwithlily Instagram page at the beginning of January this year and launched 4 curiosity kits, handmade by me, purposely designed for little one’s to engage with. Each kit embraces elements of sensory exploration with a nature based approach to really harness play opportunities for little explorers. I’ve thoughtfully sourced tools, accessories and handmade sensory bases such as Sicilian lemon scented rice, all perfect for inquisitive little minds 🧡


So why am I a huge advocate of sensory play? Simply put, sensory play is essentially food for the brain! From as little as 3 months old, babies are making sense of their little world around them and sensory play enables their curiosity even more!

It:

builds nerve connections in the brain’s pathways, which lead to the child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks.

supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.

aids in developing and enhancing memory.

helps children learn sensory attributes such as, cold, sticky, dry, runny, gooey, light, dark, heavy etc which they can only really obtain through sensory interaction.


It really is powerful stuff!

I’ve put together my top six favourite fuss free sensory based activities for you to try at home. All of which are approved by my daughter herself ( she is infact my chief product development officer for all my curiosity kits!)

My top activities include:


Rainbow spaghetti play

This is so simple to create and is a great way to introduce the element of texture and colour to your little one. It takes very little to prepare, which is always a bonus for us time strapped mamas, plus clean up is relatively minimal. Just cook up a batch of spaghetti and allow to cool. Then section into four zip lock bags. Add drops of food colouring per bag and squish it together until the spaghetti is fully coated. I personally find the gel food colouring takes to the spaghetti much better and offers more vibrancy. Add your spaghetti into pots and pans and allow your little one plenty of time to explore and investigate!