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Sensory Activities for Babies [Treasure Basket]

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 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.

People often ask “at what age should I begin sensory play with my baby?” Well, I hate to break it to you but your baby started sensory play in the womb! 

Why is Sensory Play Important?

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.

Sensory basket for kids

DIY Montessori Toys for Babies – Treasure Basket

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.

Sensory Toys & Play Ideas for Infants

Here are several wonderful sensory items for your infant! 

That list is only the beginning. The basket itself can be a sensory experience too.

DIY Montessori Toys for Babies – Bathtime

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!
Marnie

Sensory Activities & Tubs

 

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