SENSORY PLAY ACTIVITIES:

2 Ingredient Edible Sand    9m +

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3 ingredient Puffy Paint – 15m+

Colored Oats – 6m+

Ice Ice Baby: 6m+ or when they can sit up and hold things

Bubble Wrap Walk Way – age 6m+ or as soon as they can crawl

Textured Egg Shakers and “Bunny Tails”   6m+

Water Play – age 5m+ or as soon as they can sit up

Shaving Cream Play – 12m +

Baking Soda and Vinegar    18m +

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How to dye rice    12m+

Bubble Foam for “clean” sensory play. 6m + or as soon as they can sit up

Fizzy “Volcanic” Eruptions     – 16m+ or as soon as they can stand up and squeeze a bottle

4 ingredient Washable Window Paint – 14m +

 

Want to know how to make our Standing PVC Pipe Sensory Table? Click below to see the instructions:

What is sensory play and why should you do it?

Sensory play is basically any activity that allows your child to safely explore using any combination of their senses.


THESE ARE THE BODY’S SENSORY SYSTEMS:
(SOURCE)

the auditory system – the sense of hearing

the olfactory system – the sense of smell

the oral sensory system – the sense of taste

the vestibular system – how we sense where our bodies are in space

the proprioceptive system – our sense of the way our bodies move

the tactile system – the sense of touch

the visual system – the sense of sight

the interoceptive system – the general sense of our body’s physical condition, such as hunger, thirst, and internal discomfort.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SENSORY PLAY FOR BABIES?

By providing a variety of baby-friendly, open-ended activities through a variety of every-day materials, they have the opportunity to discover how their senses work through imagination-based play and new experiences.

Research has shown that sensory play for babies actually plays an important role in the development of babies’ brains and bodies, building nerve connections in the brain’s pathways, which lead to the child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks. (source)

Sensory play supports their coordination, dexterity, and muscle strength. They increase fine motor skills when they have the opportunity to manipulate materials in a variety of ways. (source)

It enhances their vocabulary as they learn various sensory attributes such as hot, cold, slimy, wet.