Sensory play is so good for babies. It allows them to learn, explore, and develop their senses through imagination-based play and new experiences.
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Water play is probably the easiest thing to put together, and yet it’s G’s favorite thing to play with. This can be as simple as just grabbing a bucket or tray of water and letting them splash around in it, or you can add bubbles, floating toys, colors, cups, etc. The options are endless.
Age: 5 months-12+ months
This was probably the simplest one to put together, and it was my son’s favorite. The first time we did it was when he was only 5 months and we put him in the high chair.
tactile system (touch) – feeling the wet water, different temperatures
visual system (sight)- the floating toys, bubbles, colors
auditory system (hearing) – splashing sound the water makes
What you need:
Tub or Baking Pan (I found that the heavier the better so they can’t tip it over as easily).
Things that float- balls, toys, corks
Towels to put around the floor
What to do:
You can do this in a highchair, or on the floor. I suggest you put a towel down to catch all the water that will get splashed out. Put the water and floating items into the pan/bucket/tub and watch your baby enjoy the fun of bath time with out the actual bath.
Bubbles: these were fun for about 2 minutes then all the bubbles disappeared. May need to get some sudsier soap 😉
Water temperature: try having two buckets with two different temperatures for your baby to explore. One with colder water, and one with room temp water.
Colored water: I added a few drops of natural food coloring to the bucket of corks for added visual fun.
Colored Ice Cubes: Put a drop of food coloring and water in each ice cube try and freeze them. Once frozen put a thin layer of water on a baking sheet and let your baby push around the ice cubs and explore the cold temperature.