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

What is Sensory Play? Guest Interview with Born 2 Create

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 3:51pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

Sensory bath

If you think back to your childhood I am sure you can recall a memory of digging in the dirt, squishing play dough/cookie dough between your hands, sliding your hands in finger paint, splashing in water, or wiggling your toes in the sand. These are often some of our ealiest memories and for good reason. Children learn through engaging their senses! 

Components of Attachment

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 11:37am -- Jessica Baudin-...

Healthy Attachment

As a mom, I have learned a lot about attachment parenting, and as a therapist I have learned a lot about attachment through schooling and work.   Attachment is important to the wellbeing of humans.  Studies are showing that children who do not have secure attachment figures in there early years often struggle with behavioral problems later in their childhood and adolescence (Kochanska & Kim, 2013).

Components of attachment include affective, behavioral, cognitive, kinesthetic, psychic and physical security components (Fitton, 2012).

Understanding Infant Reflexes

Wed, 08/14/2013 - 12:57pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

Infant reflexes

Infant reflexes are reflex actions that originate for the central nervous system. These appear at birth and gradually disappear as your baby moves through normal development. 

At birth you may notice the following infant reflexes.

o   Oral rooting reflex: This reflex is related to feeding. From birth a baby will turn its head towards anything that strokes its mouth or cheek. This reflex disappears at around 4 months when this movement becomes voluntary.

Building Towers Helps Toddlers Learn Self Control and Other Crucial Developmental Skills

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 4:52pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

One of my 1.5 year old son’s favorite activities is playing with his Melissa & Doug Nesting and Stacking blocks.  Anything that he can pile up, and then knock over is guaranteed to catch his interest!  Although the knocking down part is by far the highlight; he is getting better at helping to stack them up and even put them away.

These blocks, or any toy that can be stacked, are great developmental tools for toddlers.  Physically, stacking blocks helps to develop hand-eye coordination and fine-motor skills.  Cognitively, stacking objects enriches a child’s problem solving skills, creativity, as well as self-control.

Sensory Activities for Children Ages 0-2

Thu, 01/24/2013 - 10:56pm -- Mel Gibb

Babies are born prepared to experience their world around them. Our babies can hear their mothers’ hearts beating, their fathers’ voices, or the music on the radio. After being born, they mouth, chew, and nibble on objects as there are more nerve-ending in their mouth than any other place on their body. Toddlers learn about their foods by mashing, pouring, or squishing it through their fingers, which support their understanding of texture. They intensely look at highly contrasting colours in a painting or book. By using their senses, our little ones are familiarizing themselves with their world and comforting themselves. All of this comes naturally to them!

Our children’s brains develop because of these sensory experiences. Therefore, we want to support them by providing them with opportunities to activity use their senses. Below are a number of ways you can encourage your baby's/toddler's sensory development.

Play Eclectic Music

I like to think we listen to an eclectic range of music in our home. But, I was recently surprised when Eleanor went nuts rocking out to “Cut Me Some Slack,” performed by Paul McCartney and Nirvana at the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit. Now, we’ve started listening to more alternative music.

Bake/Cook with your Baby

Since I’m at home with Eleanor all day, I spend a lot of my time cooking with her. We turn many meals into an experience where I allow her to feel, smell and taste the ingredients.

DIY Sensory I Spy Bottles for Kids

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 6:17pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

I Spy was one of my favorite "quiet" games when I was a child. It was the perfect anytime, anywhere game. I remember playing it our living room, in the backyard, in the car, at the playground, EVERYWHERE! My brother and I would always try to find new ways of making the game more and more challenging the older we got. No matter where we traveled our eyes could always find something new and exciting to spy.

When I started my teaching career I remember finding a the Find It! game at a teacher's supply store. It was a large clear bottle full of colorful beads and many small treasures hidden inside. The bottle came with a card that showed a picture of all the treasures that were hidden inside. I desperately wanted one of these bottles for my pre-kindergarten class but as a first year teacher with limited budget for my inner city classroom I just could not justify spending $50 on one game (no matter how awesome I thought it was). Now you can pruchase these games for about half the price but if you are crafty and frugral like me you can make your own for much less!  

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