Sensational Babies: Introducing Your Baby To Sensory Activities
Babies start out discovering most of what they know through sensory learning -- whether or not they have a structured curriculum based on their senses. From ice cream melting in their mouth on a summer day to leaves crunching under their feet on Halloween, babies' senses help shape their minds. Here are 4 ideas for introducing your baby to sensory activities.
Lure Of Landscapes
The outdoors tickles just about all the senses. Take your baby on a nature walk to observe the environment. Look at colorful flowers or the green blades of grass. Let her touch a crunchy dead leaf. Let her listen to the birds chirp, the wind blow and bugs buzzing. It's a sensory experience to help her appreciate the Earth.
If you have pets, now that they're accustomed to having a new human being around the house, your baby can use his senses to get used to your pets. Put your pup in pet gear and take your two loved ones to the park for a lesson. Let your dog bark so your baby can hear how your pup communicates. Let your baby touch your dog's fur to demonstrate how soft it is. It's one of the more affectionate ways you can teach your baby through his senses.
Put together a sample platter of foods with different flavors, colors and textures. Use crisp rice to demonstrate crunch and rough textures, whipped cream to demonstrate sweet, cold and fluffy, or use cooked (and cooled) spinach linguini as an example of slimy, smooth and green. No one said lunch can't be fun and educational!
Tunes For Tots
Hearing different sounds is important in sensory learning, and music builds babies' brains. Try setting aside time to actively listen to music with your baby. It can be classical music or gentle pop music so your baby can hear the different instruments, tones and rhythm. For an interactive exercise, try using different objects around the house to make melodies -- a spoon on a glass to sound like a xylophone, a plastic container filled rice to make a maraca or a chopstick on an oatmeal container to sound like a drum. Show your baby the sounds it makes and then let him give it a try.