Squiggles and Bubbles’ Playful Baby theme for March is Sensory. This is my absolute favourite theme. There is so much that fits in to this theme, such as sensory bottles/bags, foam, textured canvas’, scented playdough, pasta/oats/flour, home-made stress balls, paints, instruments, the list goes on and on.
I look forward to introducing all of these things to Jen but as she is only 12 weeks old and has just started to get good head control, I have to be creative in how I introduce them.
So my mission for March has been to create sensory activities for Jen, for her age and development level. To do this I am going to focus on three of Jen’s senses. Sight, Sound and Touch. I am going to share one activity for each.
Sensory play is fantastic for development, and it really doesn’t have to cost a fortune. The ideas I am sharing with you are using very few materials and can be done with just a few resources that you probably already have in your home.
Sight – Shadow Play. At 12 weeks old, Jen is completely fascinated by shadows.
I used the light on my phone to create shadows of my hand and Jen’s favourite teddies. As the shadows danced around on the ceiling, Jen moved her eyes and head to follow them.
Next we tried tummy time! By placing the light above Jen, she was able to see her own shadow. Jen doesn’t really enjoy tummy time unless she is laying on my tummy, but she did take interest for a minute or two.
Next I sat Jen between my legs in a sitting position and moved the light to the side. You can see below how impressed she was(!)
As Jen moved her hand around, she created a shadow on her body and legs. As Jen moved she watched as the light levels changed and the shadow moved. This is a great for her to learn cause and effect.
Overall, Jen loved the shadow play, this has become a part of our daily play routine.
Touch – Sensory Bins – At Jen’s age and stage of development, its natural for her to press down her feet when placed on a surface so this is the perfect time to provide opportunities to explore textures with her feet. Below I have shown pictures of Jen enjoying the feel of rice and flour. Jen seemed to enjoy the feel of the flour more than the rice.
Over the next few weeks we will also be exploring warm water, cool water, oats, pasta, foam, bubble wrap, tinsel and jelly.( If baby has got good head control and the necessary neck strength try this activity during tummy time by using a shallow tray for baby to reach out and feel.)
Sounds – Voices and Music – Jen has begun to determine where sound is coming from and is able to turn her head to look for it. To encourage this, I lay Jen on a soft rug and I talk to her as I move around the room. As Jen hears my voice she turns her head to see me. This is a great activity to improve Jen’s head control and she is getting stronger by the day.
This also works with music. Jen has a favourite song already. Jen loves the happy song. I must warn you , the song is very catchy. I often find myself singing it even when Jen is not around. The song was created with children in mind and is actually scientifically tested to make babies happy.
Credit: C&G Baby club – Imogen Heap
You can learn more about #thesoundofhappy and how the song was created here.
This month’s theme has been so much fun and I look forward to continuing our exploration with sensory play.
I’d love to hear your sensory play activity ideas. Show us how you enjoy sensory play on Instagram just add #playfulbabychallenge @squigglesandbubbles @loving_naturally @squishelsandme @mummy_loz @xoxo_beautiful_chaos_xoxo