Thanks Amy! The floor is yours!
- Musical pots and pans
- Tissue box scarves
- Fine motor with cotton balls
- Pasta in a tub!
1. Tummy Time PillowcaseThis activity is perfect for those tummy time babies but older babies can get lots of enjoyment out of it also.
- Pillow case
- Baking paper
- Tin foil
Scrunch up some foil and baking paper and place in the pillowcase, pushing it to one end. Lay the pillowcase on the floor and place baby on top. Little hands will soon work out there is something interesting to crunch inside. Tummy time itself helps develops lots of skills and recent research suggests that babies who engage in tummy time regularly are more likely to reach gross motor milestones such as rolling, crawling and walking sooner than those who do not. The activity itself is designed to stimulate babies sense's in particular touch and sound but as we all know, taste is likely to get a look in too.
2. Sensory washThis activity is ideal for babies who are 6 months right though to 5 years (and older). For little ones this can be done in the bath tub, for older children you can get them in the garden with a bucket or washing up bowl.
- Dish clothes
- Paddling pool, tub, bath, shower, bucket
- Herbs and or fruit (we used rosemary, thyme, lemon and orange peel)
- Something to clean
Have a hunt around the kitchen for foods that have a nice fragrance and wont turn to mush in water. Place your items in the middle of your clean dishcloth, (we have placed them in separate cloths but they can all go in together) pull the cloth together and tie the corners together creating a pouch. (or sew if you have the skills!) Once you have you have cloths loaded with your lovely scents place them in a tub of warm water and let your little ones go wild, we added some things to 'clean' as rubbing the cloths makes the scent much stronger. Try to talk to your child and ask lots of open questions if they are talking if they are not yet verbalising then use lots of adjectives.
3. Rice Writing.This activity is great for our preschooler.
- Pastry brush, stick or paint brush
Place the rice in a shallow tray and cover the bottom of the tray, Allow you child to use the brush to move the rice around drawing or writing letters. You can dye your rice but this will require pre planning. Children can practice their letters or draw pictures. Using rice is a different skill to using a pencil and much more sensory but allows children's to practice letter shapes and develops creativity as well as fine motor control and hand-eye coordination.
4. Colander ThreadingThis activity is perfect for busy toddlers, its very simple, its safe and there is no mess!
5. Smash BagsThis activity is great for babies aged months plus (babies who are sitting).
- Sandwich bags
- Cereal such as cornflakes
- Shaving foam or shaving gel (hair gel works too)
Place your cereal in one bag and the shaving foam in the other, make sure you push the air our before sealing them, I tend to tape my bags onto the high chair or table. Encourage your baby to explore the different bags. This activity is very tactile and will develop sensory skills. Older children will be able to tell you how each bag feels. If you have a baby that enjoys banging things add a wooden spoon to the activity.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas Amy!