Hi All & Happy August to you! For Love of Learning this week has been a crazy, but fun one, filled with babies, babies, babies, and lots of sensory play! It can sometimes be hard to find age appropriate activities for very little ones because they put everything in their mouths, which can be harmful. Each of these activities is totally baby (mouth) friendly in that way. Babies learn through each of their 5 senses and each of these activities engages each sense. What more could a baby ask for?! All you need for most of these activities is a plastic storage bin (medium or large) and some common household items.
Our first activity this week was one of the most simple, and one of the most engaging.
What You Need: A Plastic Bin, Cornmeal, Toys from Around the House
What We Did: Fill the bin with cornmeal and throw in a couple of baby’s favorite toys. Voila! The cornmeal feels like sand and baby will love to sit in the bin and play.
When You’re Done: Put the cornmeal in a Ziploc and it becomes a sensory bag!
Our second sensory activity of the week was edible paint! It was so much fun & the babies loved squishing around in it!
What You Need: Water, Flour, Food Coloring, Vanilla or Kool-Aid, Paint Brushes (large) & Sponges (large), and a Roll of Kraft or White Paper.
Recipe: You need 1 & 3/4 Cups water to 1 Cup flour. I did about 4-5 batches at once. Bring water to low boil, then add flour (can be gluten-free flour if your child has an allergy). Stir until thick. I left it somewhat lumpy for texture. Then separate into jars and food coloring to each jar. For smell I added a few drops of vanilla to each jar, but would have used Kool-Aid if I had any on hand. Lastly get out a few paint brushes, sponges, and brown paper if you have any. I just laid the paper on the deck. afterwards it washes right off.
Our third sensory experiment of the week was a little messy & gooey, but great fun!
What You Need: A Plastic storage bin, Cornstarch, Water
What We DId: First, I sat the baby in the storage bin (in a diaper only) and poured the cornstarch on his legs and feet. I let him play in the dry cornstarch for a while , then began to add little bits of water. This way he can see what water does to the texture. I let him play for a while with the gooey cornstarch water mixture. When he was done I fille the tub completely with water and let him play in that. It was really 3 sensory experiences in 1!
Our last sensory activity for the week was definitely my favorite, and was really the most unique experience of them all.
What You Need: A Storage Bin, 2 Boxes Fettuccine Noodles, Water, Food Coloring, 4 Ziplock Bags, oil
What We Did: Cook Noodles and separate into 4 large Ziplock bags, I added a little oil so the noodles didn’t stick. Fill the bags about halfway up with water. Add food coloring and let them sit for a while to soak up the water and cool down. Once cool dump out the water and put the noodles in the sensory bin. Put baby in the sensory bin (in just a diaper). Let baby explore!
I hope You are able to enjoy all of these fantastic activities with your little ones!