Sensory Activities for Babies ( 6 months onwards)

It’s been a month since I bought the items necessary to make some sensory cards for lil prince. Finally got down to making it the other day.

Ever since Lil prince turned 5 months old , he has been very curious to touch , pull and feel the things around him. We try to encourage it as much as we can for from birth to toddler hood , babies use their senses to explore and try to make sense of the world around them. They do this by touching, tasting, smelling, seeing, moving and hearing.

Yes, we don’t prefer baby drool all over our things, and not everything is safe to put in his mouth or even touch that’s why I decided to make his own sensory cards with safe but different textures and colors. Children and even adults learn best and retain the most information when they engage their senses.

Lil prince’s favorite sensory games are watching bubbles float , feeling them land on his skin , trying to catch the fishies in our fish tank , scrunching up paper to hear that sound and the ease of tearing it apart !

So, What is sensory play ?

Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight and hearing.

Why is sensory play important?

Providing opportunities for children to actively use their senses as they explore their world through ‘sensory play’ is crucial to brain development – it helps to build nerve connections in the brain’s pathways.

This leads to a child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks and supports cognitive growth, language development, gross motor skills, social interaction and problem solving skills.

In short ,

Here are 5 reasons why sensory play is beneficial:

  1. Research shows that sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain’s pathways, which lead to the child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks.
  2. Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.
  3. This type of play aids in developing and enhancing memory
  4. Sensory play is great for calming an anxious or frustrated child.
  5. This helps children learn sensory attributes (hot, cold, sticky, dry)

https://www.educationalplaycare.com/blog/sensory-play-important-development/

These are the activities we made , we made about 6 cards.

We made with just everyday items and a few things I got off the craft store. It was pretty easy to make and do not take much of your time as you know how we mommies are always short on time.

He loved them all , especially touching the sunflowers and the shiny golden ribbons.

Here’s a video on how to make it ,

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