Sensory Board Baby Play
When babies play with a sensory board they discover different textured items using their senses of sight, touch, movement and balance. Parents/carers can engage with their baby by asking open-ended questions like, “what does that feel like?” For children who are not yet able to talk, parents/carers will need to use other cues to understand what their child is communicating. Children may like the feel of an item and respond with a giggle, or they may use a facial expression or eye contact to indicate that it is an unusual feeling.
- Glue gun
- Items/materials (e.g., plastic bottle tops, pieces of fabric, cloths with different textures such as dish cloths, pom poms, small carpet off cuts, feathers, felt etc.)
1. Place the cardboard on a stable surface.
2. Place the glue on your cardboard, where needed.
3. Use the materials to create your sensory board, by gluing the materials to the cardboard.
4. Invite children to use the sensory board or bring the board to the babies and toddlers and show by example how it works.
Extension of the activity
- This activity provides an opportunity for children to develop their sensory, fine and gross motor skills. Sensory play helps to develop language, cognitive and social skills.
- Make a sensory hula hoop with different textured materials tied around the hoop. Explore children’s books such as That’s Not My Plane by Fiona Watt (a series of sensory books).
- Create some sensory bags using shaving cream and paint – spray the shaving cream into a plastic bag and use strong tape to close the bag.
- Please ensure the items you are using are safe for your child to play with.