Montessori Mortar and Pestle Sensory Play
The simple ancient act of grinding herbs and floral is a multi-sensory experience that can both serve to excite and ignite the senses and provide focus and calm.
Mortar and Pestle work encourages mindful and focused interaction, engages the senses, builds language, develops fine motor skills and to hand strength.
This set includes
- wooden mortar, pestle
- two wooden condiment box
- small wooden spoon
- Wooden flower stamps and blocks.
- 6 herbs or floral with laminated reference reflection card.
- 4x100g of Playdough (red, yellow,blue in pastel color and milky white)
Using the pestle to grind the spices will provide deep pressure to joints in the hands and arm. Heavy work or proprioceptive input causes the release of both serotonin and dopamine in the brain. These are "happy" neurotransmitters and produce a feeling of calm within our nervous system.
Begin by introducing each spice and scent paired with the reference card. As children play, encourage them to smell and identify each spice as they include it into their mix. As they begin to differentiate the scents and learn the names of each spice, test them by having their close their eyes and identity each smell.
Children will enjoy experimenting with the different scent combinations and textures.
After you have completed this activity you can extend your mixes by:
* add your mix to a little water and simmer on low over the stove to make your home smell wonderful
* create sachets for stocking stuffers
* add play dough to the play for a "holiday baking" invitation to create a multi-sensory sense experience