Baby sensory activities are things that I am trying to do more often in our house since Miss M is getting a little older and curious. I have always tried to do things like read to her and describe things nonstop to her. But since the new year and her being 6 months old I have intentionally tried to do more baby sensory activities with her.
With my background in Early Childhood Education sometimes I want to really plan out things and make the sensory activities something extravagant. However, I have learned that simply things work just as well and hold Miss M’s attention just as much. And in the long run it will help her with her imagination and creativity. Not to mention a little one takes a lot of work, plus all out other projects. At the end of the day when she goes off to bed I often times don’t feel like spending those precious 30 minutes making something that she may rip to shreds in 3 minutes flat.
That is why I have been using things from around the house to create baby sensory activities. Also, there is very little prep time involved as well.
1. Sticky Balls- Place tape or contact paper on tray with sticky side up. Then attach different color and size balls. Baby plays by pulling balls off the sticky paper and placing them back on there.
2. Cotton Balls- Allow baby to touch and pull cotton balls apart. Add cups or bowls for baby to transfer cotton balls in to add diversity or difficulty. You can also try colored cotton balls.
3. Pain in a Bag- Put a few drops of kid friendly paint in a freezer zip lock baggy (freezer bags are thicker and help prevent slits from fingernails). Tape the bag to the tray and allow baby to “grab” the paint drops which will squish the paint around. You can also put paint drops on thick paper and insert paper into baggy. When finished pull paper from bag and let dry to have art work for other projects.
4. Noodle Play- Cook noodles the night before while cooking dinner to help save time. Put noodles in fridge or microwave to let baby experience different temperatures. Try different types of noodles as baby’s coordination develops.
Those are just four baby sensory activities that you can do with things that you have around the house. With different variations of the same activity you can do them many times and your baby will still be interested. There are many things in your house that will allow baby to explore and use their senses. So keep an open mind and have fun!
*We started doing activities like these when Miss M was 6 months old. Babies develop at different paces, therefore you must decide what is appropriate for you own baby. Since babies are very oral at this age people keep in mind all items should be okay to go in baby’s mouth. You also should supervise your baby at all time during activities. Just because I feel these activities are appropriate for my child does not mean they may be appropriate for yours.
What is something around the house you let your baby play with?
Until Next Time- Truly Love,