10 Fun Sensory Activities for Babies

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10 Fun Sensory Activities for Babies

It can be very hard to be baby occupied, and babies end up putting everything in their mouth. Sensory activities are an amazing way to occupy them and they will also end up gaining some skills.

Why are Sensory Activities Important for Babies?

Sensory play is the best way for your child to get better in so many different areas. The advantage to this activity is that it encourages many scientific processes as it involves solving problems using all the five basic senses.

When these senses are stimulated it helps to develop their creativity, and they get better socially, linguistically, and physically. It will lead to better brain development as exposure to different senses create many neural pathways which will assist them with further learning in the future.

Sensory Play Activities for Infants

As a parent, one of the most essential things you do would be to help your kids learn. Here are some fun sensory activities for babies from 0-1 year.

1. Coloured Bread Crumbs

This is a sensory play idea that would also be safe even if the baby ate it.

Coloured Bread Crumbs
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What You Will Need

  • Loaves of bread (preferably two)
  • Milk
  • Food colouring
  • Food processor

Method

  • Start by toasting your bread lightly. Make it a little firm so that the bread does not become squishy because of the milk.
  • Take 1/6th amount of your bread in the food processor. You should separate it this way to get equal amounts of the different colours that are available.
  • To two tablespoons of milk, 2-3 drops of food colouring should be added. Follow the same steps for every colour.
  • This coloured milk should be added to the bread crumbs, and they must be blended.
  • You can either let it air-dry by keeping in an open bag, or you can lightly toast your breadcrumbs.
  • Repeat this for every colour after rinsing the food processor.
  • Finally, place the bread crumbs in a pan or a bin.

2. An Indoor Sandbox

You can set up this very easy-to-make and edible indoor sandbox for your children. Your kids will find the sandbox very interesting.

Indoor Sandbox
Source: healthymamainfo.com

What You Will Need

  • A tub
  • Anything from the pantry (you can try rice, oatmeal, broken pieces of biscuits)
  • Measuring Cups
  • Spoons

Method

  • You should first choose what ingredients you are going to use based on what your kids love.
  • If they are larger items like biscuits, break them down to small pieces.
  • Every time you add an ingredient to the tub, mix the recipe well.
  • You can then keep small scoops, sieves, cutlery, tubes, small pots, etc. so that your kids can scoop, pour and transfer the items from one container to another and play with them.
  • This way, you will not have to worry about your children eating them as they are edible. Moreover, this will keep them occupied for some time.

3. Non-Toxic Bath Crayons

Kids are usually drawn to activities that involve water.

Non-Toxic Bath Crayons
Source: www.onlinebabystore.com.au

What You Will Need

  • Melted soup
  • Food Dye
  • Grape seed oil
  • Glass jar (required for storage)
  • Silicon Mold

Method

  • Start the process by melting the soap. You should melt it according to the size of your mould and then pour the melted soap halfway into the mould.
  • Add a small amount of grapeseed oil on top of the mould on every section. It is best to use grapeseed oil because it is good for children with dry skin.
  • The remaining parts can be filled with the leftover soap.
  • You can then add various colours to every section and give the colours a swirl using a toothpick.
  • After the colours are mixed well, leave the mould till the soap hardens. You can also store it in the fridge to speed up this process.
  • Since the colour is present throughout the soap. The tie-dye look will not affect the ability to colour.
  • You can then store all of these crayons in a large jar. Also note that if they are put in the tub, they will melt.

4. Taste Safe Moon Sand Recipe

A little sticky sand is moon sand, and this makes it easy to make various shapes.

Moon Sand
Source: www.mommypotamus.com

What You Will Need

  • Organic flour (2 cups)
  • Oil (1/4 cup)
  • Natural decorating colours
  • Matcha powder (1/4 cup for green moon sand)
  • Bowls
  • Plastic bin
  • Tiny toys
  • Scoopers
  • A motor tool set

Method

  • For each colour, you can take a bowl. You can start by making 4 at once.
  • To each bowl add some flour and then add some oil. Mix this mixture well with a fork.
  • Add some natural food colour to the flour and mix it well with a fork. You can add about ¼ of the colour bottle which is usually one quirt, but that is up to you.
  • If you are using matcha powder instead of colour, then add that to the bowl and mix them well.
  • Mix the contents in the bowl well and until the flour has been well coloured. For a darker tone, you can add more colour.
  • After all of it is mixed well, put them in a large plastic bin. You can put them in patterns according to the colours but this will not last long after the kids start playing with it.

5. Daniel Tiger Snow Globe

Make these Daniel Tiger snow globes if your kids are big fans of the show!

Daniel Tiger Snow Globe
Source: www.leapfrog.com

What You Will Need

  • Glass jars
  • Daniel tiger figurines
  • Clear glue (1/2 bottle)
  • Glitter
  • Snowflake foil confetti
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Warm water
  • Glue gun
  • Styrofoam ball

Method

  • Use the Styrofoam ball to raise the figurine. You can do this by cutting the ball in half and then glue it to half of the ball to the inner side of the lid.
  • Put glue on the feet on the figurine and glue it to the top of the ball. To withstand a lot of shaking, put glue around its feet after it is glued on the Styrofoam ball.
  • You can also create decorations for the background and glue them behind the figurine.
  • To make a clear mixture for the glitter to move slower, mix some clear glue in warm water and mix it well with a spoon for some time.
  • Take the foil confetti and glitter and add it to the glue-water mixture. Add as much as glitter you want.
  • After you are done adding the shiny things, add some more water to the jar till the jar is filled. You can then screw the lid back.

6. Natural Play Dough

This is not very easy to make, but your kids will have a lot of fun with it.

Natural Play Dough
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What You Will Need

  • Natural decorating colours
  • Organic flour (1 cup)
  • A cup of water
  • Organic cornstarch (1 cup)
  • Ziplock bags
  • Cream of tartar (1 tbsp)
  • 2 tbsp salt

Method

  • Mix the cream of tartar, salt, and dry flour together in a bag. For each colour, you can make one bag of these ingredients. So, for 3 colours, you will need 3 separate bags.
  • Boil a cup of water over medium heat and add the food dye. You can start by adding the colour little by little until you have the desired colour density.
  • Transfer this mixture of liquid into the bag in which dry mixture is held and seal the bag. Set it aside until it is cool.
  • For each colour repeat the steps.
  • Remove the mixture after it cools. It might probably be sticky. Add one cup of cornstarch to the mixture and mix it.
  • Add the cornstarch slowly until the dough does not feel sticky.
  • Flour can also be used, but the dough will be softer when cornstarch is used. Do this for each colour and let your kids play with it.

7. Edible Painting

This is another good idea you can try, and it is very easy to make.

Edible Painting
Source: www.funathomewithkids.com

What you will need

  • Baby rice cereal (or yoghurt)
  • Food colouring
  • Water
  • Bowls and spoons

Method

  • First, take the baby rice cereal or yoghurt in a bowl. If your baby is allergic to yoghurt, then you can use baby rice cereal as an alternative.
  • Add lots of water to the bowl until the consistency is pretty good. Mix them well.
  • You can then add some food colouring to the rice cereal and water mixture. You can add as much colour as you want according to the colour density.
  • For each colour, you will need to follow the same steps.
  • Once done you can lay a mat down and let your kid have fun with it.

8. Water Bead Sensory Window Bag

This idea will need a window with a lot of light coming in.

Water Bead Sensory Window Bag
Source: everydaychaosandcalm.com

What You Will Need

  • Sandwich bag
  • Clear water beads
  • White vinegar
  • Gel food dye
  • Water
  • Heavy duty tape
  • Window squeegee

Method

  • First, fill the container with some water according to the number of colours you want. You can then add the food dye to each bowl.
  • Your water will have some clumps of colour in them as gel dyes are oil. To fix this problem, you can add some white vinegar to the water. Your beads will not stink if you only splash it.
  • You can then put the water beads into the coloured water. The beads will absorb the colour water when they expand.
  • Now you have to clean your window properly and fill the sandwich bag with these coloured water beads. Seal it after the air is pressed out.
  • Finally, you can use the squeegee to hold the beads out of the way when you tape the four sides.

9. Magnetic Discovery Bottles

Magnets can be really fun to play with, and your children will be over the moon when playing with it. It will take you just 10 minutes to create this fun idea.

Manetic Discovery Bottles
Source: funlearningforkids.com

What You Will Need

  • 3 clear water bottles
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Paper clips
  • Magnetic chips (optional)
  • Small jingle bells
  • Hot glue gun (optional)
  • 1-2 magnets wands and other types of magnets
  • Water (optional)
  • A large container (optional)

Method

  • You can start by cutting the pipe cleaners into small pieces. Place all of the pieces in a bottle. The other two jars can be filled with lots of paper clips and jingle bells.
  • You could also use magnetic chips if desired.
  • Since your kids are very young, you can hot glue the lids of each bottle so that they cannot open it. This will make sure that your kids do not put all of these small pieces into their mouths.
  • Slide a magnetic wand up and down the bottle, and it will attract the items in the bottle. You can give them other magnets like a horseshoe magnet and another bar magnets to make it more fun!
  • If you wish, you can add water into the bottle for a change. It is also fun when you combine the pipe cleaners, bells, and paper clips together in a single bottle. You can add some glitter for extra fun.
  • Your children can also choose to remove the lids and place the items in a plastic container and then play with it.

10. Sensory Book

This one is straightforward to make, and all you need are various supplies with varying textures. Your baby will fall in love with this. This is one of the best sensory simulation activities for infants.

Sensory Book
Source: www.pathstoliteracy.org

What You Will Need

  • CD sleeves
  • Reinforcement labels
  • 1” album rings
  • Hole punch
  • Tape (double sided)

For varying textures you can use:

  • Silk fabric
  • Leather straps
  • Bumpy-snakeskin scrapbook paper
  • Crinkly plastic (you can remove them from CD sleeves)
  • Furry textured sheet
  • Foamy sheets
  • Scratchy or glittery sheet
  • Rough sheet (cardboard)

Method

  • You should start the process by carefully removing the plastic from the CD sleeves. You might find this very hard because the paper might rip off easily.
  • After the plastic is properly removed, make a few holes, preferably three, on the side of all the sleeves. You can then put some reinforcement stickers above these holes.
  • After this, you can cut each of the different texture to any size you need so that it fits into the sleeve. You can then put pieces of double-sided tape on the back of every material you slid into each CD sleeve. You can then take some clear packing tape and close the flap.
  • After you are done with all the CD sleeves, you can put all of them together with some album rings. In the front sleeve, you can print a label. You could also give a title of what each texture. Once you are done writing, that is it!

Try out all these amazing ideas and don’t hesitate to make a mess! This is a wonderful way to bond with your child and make some fun memories.

Also Read:

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