Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Simple Sensory Activties for Babies

Emma is four and a half and Lia is one.  There are only so many things they can do together; and when they do play together its only a matter of minutes before Emma declares that Lia is "ruining everything" and Lia starts snatching anything Emma looks at!

Needless to say, its difficult finding a balance and having them both happy and occupied.

Sensory Play with pompoms

Today I finally made it work.  For about half an hour. Which in baby time is like three hours so I couldn't be happier! 

Sensory activities for babies

I got my trusty box of pompoms! There were all different types, colors and sizes.  Soft ones, hard ones, spiky ones, bumpy ones.  So what did we do with them??
  • Lia loved moving them from one container to the other
  • I named the colors and the sizes for her (That's a small ball, it is red.)
  • I named the feeling (Is it soft?  Yes it is soft!).  She was really intrigued.  
  • She touched them
  • Tasted them
  • I tickled her with them. 
  • She ended up spreading them all over her worktop and finally they finished on the floor.  
I picked them up for her a few times as well and provided some different containers. I love how with kids even the simplest activity can be so entertaining.

She had a great time and it also gave Emma and I an opportunity to make play-doh cookies and cakes together!  Emma came up with most delicious looking creations!

Play doh cookies

On top of it all, we managed to find a derivative activity for Lia! Once all the pompoms were on the floor she got to place the play-doh containers back in their box!  Another activity she loved and couldn't wait for the next available container so that she could put it in its place.  We ended up taking them all out so that she could put them back again.

Baby Shape Matching with play doh

I'm happy with this development, Lia is growing and it gives me hope that things will change soon, the kids will be able to play together harmoniously...... well at least some of the time.

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  1. That's a great idea!

    Thea loved playing with different pasta shapes and moving them from a small bowl to a bigger bowl and vice versa using her hands and a big spoon. For something messier and therefore funnier you could add some paint in a big bowl and let her paint the pasta shapes using her hands! lovely!

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