Category Archives: Sensory Play

Girlie girl!

Somehow LO has become an absolute girlie girl. She loves purses, makeup, and jewelry. The other day she was playing with my mom’s makeup bag and when she found the lipstick, she opened her mouth as if to show her that she wanted it on her lips.
This week I found pasta that resembled pony beads. I cooked up some spaghetti and threaded some bracelets with her. I put the “beads” on for her and she wore the jewelry and ate it all. I think next time I will dye the beads for her too.

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Strawberry picking… Yum!

LO and I went out to the strawberry patch today. So much fun!
We went with a mommy friend of mine and her one year old too. It’s a hydroponic strawberry farm so no soil. Much less mess that way too. When we got there, one of the employees told us that the season was pretty much over so they weren’t charging for strawberries and whatever we could find, we could have. So now we were bound and determined.
We wound up picking about 20 good looking strawberries. LO snuck a few out of the bucket while we were walking around so it was good they weren’t charging us. When we got back to the main picnic area, i took the leaves off of the strawberries and left the stems long. LO loved them. Even though we only got twenty or do strawberries, it was perfect. LO ate about seven and then had enough. When we finished, we washed their hands in the fountain.
The place also gave us free strawberry shortcake. Yum!
I think we had enough of strawberries for the day though. I can’t wait until next season to bring her back. Hopefully when it’s a little cooler and more bearable out though.

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Rain, rain go away…

It’s raining again. On a Saturday. So unfair. LO and I were supposed to go do something fun with DH. No such luck. So what do you with a baby on a rainy Saturday? She decided to try to drink the dog’s water (Ew, gross!), so I revised that idea.

Indoor water play!!!

I set a towel on the floor and filled a Tupperware with about one inch of water (no more than that or when she dumps it on the floor it gets everywhere). I put a bunch of her toys in it and gave her the strainer. She loves water. She spent most of the time pulling the toys out and putting them back and then dragging the strainer around. Then she tried to climb in the Tupperware unsuccessfully.

Overall, so much fun!

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Sensory play…

“I think my problem is maybe that I set my sights too high…”

“No way, you’re just a teacher mommy. You have to do it like a teacher.”

This conversation actually happened to me this week. I recently found out about a sensory class for babies in my area. My friend and I talked about going to the class, until we found out how much it would cost.  I told her I am a teacher… surely I can come up with some activities for us to do with our kids. I went around to various Dollar stores and came up with a sensory play ‘curriculum’. I looked around online and found a ridiculous amount of activities.  I had to differentiate instruction and create something that was way over the top!

This was just the beginning, but here are some of my creations:

I divided my finds into bins. Of course, with all of these, you have to watch to make sure they don’t try to eat this stuff.

  1. Spaghetti Bin – Cooked spaghetti to play with. We did this with LO in her high chair this time but I think next time, we need to branch out. I also found some ideas for coloring the spaghetti, which could be fun too!
  2. Water Bin – Items that can be submersed in water and are water tight. I also included a strainer.
  3. Music Bin – Anything that can make a cool noise. I included a crib toy (for the younger baby), an empty pack of wipes (which makes a really cool crinkly noise), a set of Little Tikes bowling pins that can be turned over to make maracas, a harmonica for mommy to play and try new sounds, and a bottle of water for squeezing too.
  4. Touch Bin – Anything that you can use to describe feeling (this is rough, this is bumpy, this is smooth, etc.) It’s amazing how many kindergarteners do not know these describing words. For this bin, I used a bottle of bubbles (you have to blow them to have something for them to touch obviously), a loofa shaped like a pig, a wool mitten (which LO did NOT like touching), a silk scarf with braided ends, a touch and feel book (of course), and one of DH’s ties. The water bottle and wipes pack could work for touching too.
    When LO is bigger, I would love to do this in bins she could step in. One of the teachers at my school gave me some great ideas for that too.
  5. Nature Bin – A pine cone, some leaves, flowers, seeds, etc. You can use this opportunity to go on a nature walk with your kids.

We started with the touch bin and the spaghetti bin this week. So fun!

You can always use things from around your house for these activities, just make sure they are kid friendly.