A few days ago, it struck me that Baby B isn’t a newborn anymore. He’s a baby now!
The shift happened slowly, but once he made the move it was obvious to everyone around him. He’s no longer a newborn, just learning how to survive. He’s a baby with great interest in the wide world around him.
Baby B isn’t content with just the day to day feedings, naps and the occasional walk now. He needs, toys, activities and varying types of interaction to help him learn and keep him happy.
Luckily, his mommy loves to set up fun activities for little ones!
Sensory Activities for Babies
Babies learn about the world through their five senses so I thought I’d start by adding some sensory activities to our day. Below is a short list of activities I’ve collected for Baby B. They are all quick and easy to set up – as if there’s time for anything else! I hope you and your little ones enjoy them.
Crinkling Paper. This one got Baby B giggling and it was so easy! I crumpled up a piece of paper into a loose ball. Then, I gently tied a scarf around it to make it safe for Baby B to handle. We took turns squeezing the ball and making it crinkle. He loved the sound and feel of it.
Colored Flashlight. We decided to leave our Christmas lights up in the living room this year. My thought was that they would provide soft lighting for labor and Baby B’s early days. Months later they are still up and he still loves to gaze at them.
To build on his interest I wrapped a colored scarf around an LED headlamp. I turned out the lights and dangled it above him. He was a little fussy at the time and instantly calmed and reached up for it. Since LED lights stay cool, I let him explore with his hands. I’ve also hung it securely from his mobile so he could observe it from his crib.
Aromatherapy Bath. This idea from The Aroma Blog is on my to-try list. A drop of lavender oil in the water would add to the already wonderful sensory experience of bath time!
Small Object Exploration. Another idea I’m excited to try is Mini Discovery Boxes from Living Montessori Now. Simply fill tightly closing, clear plastic containers with small objects such as beads, beans, shells or coins. Baby can see the objects and hear how they sound when rattled in the container.
Fabric Exploration. I collected fabrics with a few different textures for Baby B to explore. He loved grabbing each one and bringing it to his mouth.
I did this activity a second time while I was folding laundry. I offered Baby B articles of clothing so he could explore the fabric while I worked. Yes, a little baby slobber got on the clean clothes but I got half of a laundry basket put away without fuss!
Sensory Bags. I found another favorite of BabyB at Growing a Jeweled Rose. To make our sensory bag I put some green hair gel, sequins and glitter into a ziplock baggie, sealed it and taped it to the table for Baby B to explore.
He was instantly entranced by the squishy feel and the sparkles. I plan to try more with beads, shells, shaving cream… whatever I can think of!