Baby Sensory Playdate: Sweetened Condensed Milk Paint

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 2:57pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

Winter here in Winnipeg is cold and seems to go on forever.  So what’s a mom to do to keep her little one occupied?  Simple! Just crack open the cupboards and let them play!  No, I don’t necessarily mean the pots and pans or the Tupperware, although both are great options.  We like messy play over here, so of course we are in the pantry.  This really simple activity bought us a playdate, two happy babies, and about 45 minutes of play and exploration that didn’t require too much baby proofing.

We used a drop cloth (plastic tablecloth from the dollar store) to contain the mess, some construction paper, a can of sweetened condensed milk, and two drops of food colouring per container. 

Sweetened Condensed Milk Finger Paint

Of course, the tablecloth was the first sensory item to be explored.

Sensory play with babies

Each baby had her own preference as to what sensory item was more interesting to explore.

Baby sensory play

The girls dribbled some paint on the tablecloth, paper and themselves and left the containers.

Sensory play for babies

We (the Mamas) sat back and gave the girls time to explore!

Baby Sensory Play

Baby Sensory Play

Baby Sensory Play

Baby Sensory Play

This post was submitted by Meg Rushworth, our Certified Intellidance® Instructor in Winnipeg. Click here to read more about Meg and to find one of her classes in the greater Winnipeg area. 

A Note from Jessica

Sensory play activities stimulate young children's senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and sound. Sensory play encourages children to learn through cause and effect by exploring, playing, creating and investigating. By spending time stimulating their senses, children are developing cognitive, physical, lingustic, social and emotional skills. Sensory play is processed base with no preconceived, teacher/parent directed outcome other than allowing the child a chance to expore and create their own meaning from the experience. There is no right or wrong when it comes to sensory play. The caregivers only responsibility is providing the materials and space for the child to explore.