Porridge Oat Play

This is a simple, fun sensory activity and messy play activity for children of all ages.

You will need:

  • Porridge oats
  • A range of boxes and containers
  • Or tea set
  • Or a range of toys


Pour the bag of porridge oats onto the table or in a tray and allow the children to play with it. Provide the children with a range of objects to play with during their sensory play, such as containers, boxes, pots shovels and sand moulds etc. Children’s favourite toys can also be added to the oats such as mega blocks, cars, tea set, small world toys etc.

This activity can be used with children of all ages as a sensory activity, but also for older children as an early mathematical activity, where they can talk about capacity, volume and weight, and begin to use early mathematical language such as heavy, light, empty and full.

Areas of learning covered:

  • Personal and Social development
  • Language Literacy and Communication skills
  • Physical development
  • Mathematical development
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