Lexie and I are attending to a baby group course which is called Love, Learn and Explore. It is run by the local children's centre and is aimed at supporting parents in making the most of their children's learning in a relaxed fun way, inspiring early language and communication as well as looking at the importance of tummy time and sensory play
What is baby sensory?
Baby sensory is a range of activities that promote baby learning and development through the 6 senses we have which are touch, hearing, movement, sight, taste and smell.
Last week we focused on reading with baby which was focusing on sight, hearing and touch senses using lots of touchy feely books to interact. Lexie liked feeling the different textures as well as eating the book! Usborne Books sell a great book range of touchy feely books called 'That's not my...', we have a few of these and Lexie really enjoys looking at them and it helps bonding too.
In today's group we made our own sensory toys containing a variety of different sensory items.
For ours we used....
- a plastic container
- cello tape
We added all our items to the container and sealed the container shut with cello tape. It was such a simple and easy toy to make and Lexie loved it shaking it and looking at the glitter (and eating the container!)
Other people added water and food colouring to make there sensory toys more visually sensory then noisy like our rattle.
We also played peek a boo games with see through scarves which all the babies loved. Lexie loved the feeling of the material on her face and playing the game made her laugh lots, it helped her concentration and worked on her sight, touch, hearing senses and also movement because she started taking the scarf away herself assisting her coordination and improving her motor skills too.
We made a swing out of a piece of Lycra material which the babies loved. Because the material is stretchy they loved bouncing, rocking and swinging.
We also laid on the floor and used a starry material over the top whilst singing 'Twinkle Twinkle little star' this made everyone so relaxed and all the babies went very quiet. They really were fixated by the material.
Lexie loves singing which is why we have enrolled in Musical Mini's which is a music class for babies. We attended our first lesson this week and thoroughly enjoyed it.
I have purchased some bubbles and plan to make to different types of play dough which I think will aid us in our own sensory play at home.