Watching an infant wake up to the world is an amazing experience. I have two boys, a two year old and a seven month old, and I am relishing in sensory activities for both of them. I have to admit, however, that creating activities for my infant is a bit less complicated than those activities for my toddler. Today, for example, after receiving a package from UPS that included some wonderful crinkly craft paper as part of the packing within the package, I handed the paper over to my seven month old and all was well with the world for the next twenty minutes.
Creating a sensory exercise is simple. You don’t need a big tub or basket. I have used a large food storage container that I’d typically use for leftovers, a tray and a small basket, all I found around my house.
Adding items is simple and you most likely will find all you need already within the walls of your home.
A few wonderful sensory items for your infant are large colorful pom poms, EduShape sensory balls, a wooden spoon, a small bottle or (measuring) cup, a pine cone (this item might be in your yard), a tambourine, Sophie the Giraffe, pieces of different texture fabric (shiny ribbon, felt, velvet, etc), pieces of different texture paper (crinkly, rough, etc) and a few large figurines (dinosaur, sea creature, etc). That list is only the beginning. The basket itself can be a sensory experience too.
My other favorite sensory activity is so obviously right in front of our eyes I feel like I am cheating simply mentioning it: THE BATHTUB! Bath time can be a fun, relaxing way to unwind from the day. It can also be a sensory experience. The feel of the water, the temperature and the bubbles make the bath stimulating in itself. Add a few cups for pouring and you have got yourself an excellent built in sensory lesson. I pour cups of water back and forth, and I have a few types of bottles to squirt, spray, etc. Pure, simple joy and learning.
Lastly there is always the feeding experience, one of the best sensory activities in existence!
Thanks for reading and happy baby exploring!