Sensory Exploration

Updated: Mar 19

Monday: Sensory Exploration Infants Babies love to explore with all of their senses. Not only is sensory play critical for their developing brains, but it can be deeply rewarding for you as a parent as you observe your baby discovering new materials as they learn about cause and effect. Here is a simple sensory activity that you can create in minutes using objects in your home: Activity - Sensory Bottles Empty water bottles are a perfect way for your baby to safely explore their senses. Using their sense of sight, sound and touch the play value is endless. Directions: After you have dried the inside of a few water bottles, think about the kinds of bottles you want to make. You can make a sound rattle bottle with metal objects, a colorful bottle with assorted materials to captivate your child’s sense of sight, add food coloring to a bottle with water and a few dried legumes to explore movement and sound… the options are endless. Just search around your pantry or junk drawer and I am sure you will find a new way to use different materials.

Before giving these bottles to your baby, close the top securely, checking that the bottle is safe to play with. You can start with one bottle and then add more for longer play time. These bottles are perfect for your child to explore their developing senses.

Toddlers and Preschoolers Activity - Playdough Young children use their senses to explore the world around them. They do this by touching, tasting, smelling, seeing, moving and hearing. Playdough is the ideal material sensory learning experiences to support: Building fine motor skills

Strengthening hand/eye coordination

Developing and extending focus and concentration

Supporting inner balance and calmnessPlaydough is a staple in preschool classrooms. 

With just a few basic ingredients you and your child can make playdough to reap learning benefits while having a grand time! Here are a few recipes you can try at home: Stove Top Playdough What you will need 2 cups flour 1 cup salt 2 cups water A few drops of food coloring 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 teaspoons cream of tartar Directions Cook mixture in a pot over medium heat, stirring all the time to prevent sticking. Remove from heat when the mixture comes away from the sides of the pot. Knead and store in an airtight container. Microwave Playdough What you will need 1 cup all purpose flour ½ cup salt 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar 1 tablespoon vegetable oil Directions Mix all the dry ingredients together Add oil, water and food coloring mixing all the dry and wet ingredients thoroughly. Microwave on HIGH for 2-4 minutes depending on the power of your microwave stopping every 30 seconds to stir.Let cool and knead. Store in an airtight container. Remember there is no right or wrong way to play with playdough so your children will always feel successful with their creations. Enjoy this soft and squishy activity which you will be able to use over and over again when stored properly. Happy Learning!