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What is sensory development? In general, it refers to the maturing of the five familiar senses: hearing, smell, taste, touch, and vision. It also involves the way your baby or child’s nervous system receives input from these senses and then forms an appropriate motor or behavioral response. This is known as sensory processing or sensory integration.
Besides organizing the input from the five basic senses, sensory processing also focuses on the sensation of movement. Your baby explores and discovers the world through her senses. ~AbilityPath
You can help baby discover the world and develop by providing sensory experiences or activities. And, of course, we have a round-up of options for you… (Pictures are linked to full posts for your easy access!)
From bubbles to water to velcro hair rollers, The Imagination Tree has all kinds of DIY sensory activities you can do with your baby. Simple items, from around the house, work great!
Little ones don’t need extravagant play times set up for them. Absolutely everything is something to explore and wonder at when experiencing it for the first time! From toes in the grass to splashing in water, babies find out about this brand new world around them using all of their senses, sometimes all at the same time! Here are some ideas for safe tastes, hands on exploring and tactile investigating. ~Ana, TheImaginationTree
Check out Ana’s list of explorative experiences!
Readers often ask me for sensory activities for their young babies. While many of the playtimes I share are safe for young ones to partake in on some level, I thought it would be helpful to have a resource full of fun play ideas specifically for babies.
This list includes sensory bags, which is such a neat idea! There is even an idea for using “goop” in the bathtub which is a great way to allow baby to have fun in a mess while not creating a mess throughout the house!
Take baby playtime to the next level with sensational sensory play. Using household stuff ranging from rice to hair gel, you’ll have everything you need to make an easy, fun project and introduce your little one to the Big 5. Click through our album for DIY ideas that are great for tiny toes, tongues, eyes and ears.
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Sensory experiences provide opportunities for babies to use their senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch to explore their new environment.
These 27 sensory experiences for babies are perfect for your little one!
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