Just like older children, babies can take part in sensory play. I began providing my little one with sensory experiences when she was about three months old and was beginning to tolerate tummy time. As she got a bit older and was able to sit up, we revisited many of these experiences as well.
For parents who are looking to start doing more hands-on learning activities for their babies and toddlers, here are some great sensory activities that can be done at-home with just a few easy to find materials. Here are some easy ideas to get started…
Water beads can be purchased at a craft store and are like vase filler that expand in water. Soak some water beads in a bowl of water for a few hours to let them expand into little balls. You can then put them into a Ziploc bag and let your little one explore the bubble like texture during tummy time. For a baby that can sit up, you can tape the bag on to their highchair or give them a small leakproof container with a bit of water and some water beads.
Do not give water beads to your child out of a container as they should not be put into their mouth or eaten. If your child is at an age where they no longer puts items in their mouth (such as a child in Kindergarten), I have let them hold the water beads and explore the bouncy texture.