Sensory development

Sensory Balloons: Sensory Play Craft for Babies and Toddlers

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 3:49pm -- Mel Gibb

During the last Intellidance Babies class of every session, we have a sensory day. There are finger paints, a ball pit, a sensory blanket, musical instruments, and an assortment of other sensory-related materials. As my fall session was coming to an end, I wanted to start to prepare for our sensory day. I thought it would be novel for the babies to have something they could hold in their hands that felt different. It needed to be about the same size as an egg shaker since that’s about all they can hold in their hands, and the sensory objects inside it needed to be protected from tiny mouths.

Eleanor and I decided to create sensory balloons. Now, I know that a balloon doesn’t exactly sound like the safest object to be giving a baby, but they aren’t inflated, so they can’t pop. And, they are also being supervised by their caregivers, so there is little risk of the babies injuring themselves. That being said, I would never leave a baby alone with one of these sensory balloons! Here’s how we went about creating them:

DIY "I Spy" Sensory Bags

Wed, 05/30/2012 - 9:32pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

At then end of each session of Intellidance™ Babies I put together a sensory play class. During this class I set up different stations around the studio that allow the caregivers and babies a chance to discover, explore and play with a variety of materials. My stand bys are finger painting, tunnels, vestibular tops, ball pit, instruments, sensory balls, and puppets. Each session I also try to include something new. When I found this DIY Sensory Bag on Pinterest I knew I had my new station!

Mess Free Finger Painting: I don't "Know it All"

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 4:39pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

I learned a valuable lesson this week. A lesson that reminded me not to assume I "know it all". Here's how it happened....

A client of mine (who is also an early childhood educator) posted this link on Mess Free Finger Painting from The Hippie Housewife on my Facebook wall. I had seen this activity all over Pinterest the last few weeks and will admit scoffed it off as silly.

Isn't the point of finger painting to get messy? Why would you want to take that sensory experience away from your child? This must be an activity for neat freak, OCD types.

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