My baby has just turned one and is really starting to play more with toys now. I’m aware that sensory play is hugely important at this age. Research shows that it helps build nerve connections in the brain. This helps the child’s ability to perform more complex learning tasks. I wanted to make sure I’m providing activities and toys to support this.
What is sensory play?
Sensory play is any activity that helps stimulate the child’s senses. These are touch, smell, movement, taste, balance, sight and sound. Playing and exploring things using their senses helps them learn what is safe. It builds connections in the brain to help them process and respond to things.
What’s in the box?
In our sensory play box we have the following:
- Jingle bells
- Foil blanket
- Different textured/coloured balls
- Clear tubes with different items inside
- Pine cones
- Bubble wrap
- Touch and feel books
- Rain sound maker
- Noisy books
The clear plastic tubes I bought as a set of 12 empty ones from Amazon. I then filled them with items from around the house including pasta, rice, googley eyes, buttons, etc. I added some small plastic toys from the big kids toy box for interest. They were super easy to make and you can change what’s inside them. This will give variety and keep baby interested. Asa loaves to shake his. I often see him really looking at what’s inside too.
Another fun sensory play activity we have is a water mat. I bought this turtle shaped one from Amazon. It has little sea creature shapes inside that move as you press down on the mat.
Tuff trays are really popular for sensory play. They are large plastic trays that can be used in so many ways. Great for messy play too. I might try doing some squirty cream and cooked pasta play with Asa.
If you have any sensory play ideas please share them in the comment below. Have fun!