Messy Sensory Play for babies and Toddlers
Creating sensory messy fun play for babies can be difficult as they tend to put everything in to their mouth. I will put down a few ideas for you to create at home safe messy play for your babies and toddlers with the ingredients that you have in your kitchen.
- Sensory Spaghetti
- Cook the spaghetti as you usually do and let it cool down
- Give the spaghetti to you baby or toddler in a tray at the table or it can be on the floor. Make sure you put a protection sheet underneath.
Tips: Children can pull and tag the strands and feel the texture of the spaghetti with their fingers or squishy squashy them. It is safe to put in to their mouth as it is completely edible. This activity can be so attractive for your baby or toddler and they can have so much fun.
- Plain Yoghurt
- If you have any yogurt leftover in the fridge, why don’t you put it on a tray and give it to your baby or toddler to have some messy play fun with it. Instead of using paint the yogurt is safe for them in case it goes to their mouth.
Tips: Babies can feel the texture or make different patterns in to the yogurt just like with paint. It can also taste the yogurt which is totally safe to do it.
- Edible Sand
- Edible sand it can be a great opportunity for your baby to feel the sand like texture without worrying that it will go in to their mouth.You can make the sand by blending any of those: crackers, cheerios or mixing oil and flower
Tips: add some cups or spoons to keep the child occupied and raise interest in the play.
“Make sure you supervise your child at all the time during their play”.
Baby Play Activity- Ribbon Box
- empty carton box
- different colours ribbons, material strips or scarfs
- sellotape and scissors
- Step 1: Cut the box in two.
- Step 2: Add the ribbons and material strips or scarf sticking them with tape on the top of the box.
- Step 3: Place a mat on the floor then put the baby on to play. Baby can lay down with the face up or it can be seated.
NOTE: Please make sure you supervise your baby at all the time during their play.
Tip: Baby will love to tug on the ribbons. That will help develop their motor skills. Also it can be a sensory play as baby will feel different textures and play with it and will help with eye coordination when trying to reach the ribbons.
Making sensory bags for babies
- 2 zip bags
- Shaving foam+ googly eyes
Step 1: Add the pompoms in one of the bag. Zip the bag then seal it with tape.
Step 2: Squirt the shaving gel in to the other zip bag then add the googly eyes. That will raise an interest on the baby to find them when touching the bag as they move in to the foam. Make sure you seal the bag using the tape.
Step 3: Now it is time for the baby to have some fun. The baby can have tummy time when touching and feeling the bags and play with it or it can be seated.
Making a treasure basket for babies
- Empty basket
- Household objects: any object you have around the house or baby toys: wooden spoon, sponge, toothbrush, scarf or a piece of material, wooden sticks or little wooden logs, soft toy, hair roller, shaker or any musical instrument, nail brush, little ball, empty bottle etc., anything you think it is safe for the baby to use.
Note: please make sure you supervise the baby at all the time during their play.
- Step 1: Put all the resources you have in an empty basket or box.
- Step 2: Place a mat on the floor and put the basket down then bring the baby closer to the basket to sit down or if the baby can’t sit yet you can try to put the baby on the tummy and lay the basket on a side.
Treasure basket gives the baby an opportunity to explore, experiment and make choices at their own peace.
Babies can gain a rich sensory experience through handling, feeling of different textures, sucking or putting the items in to their mouth.
Babies can concentrate on their play through the treasure basket that can last even up to 1h. The contents stimulate baby’s curiosity and engage the babies five senses: touch, sight, sound, smell and taste.
Making a sensory bottle and shaker for your baby
- 2 empty and clean little water bottles
- a few colourful pompoms (or: colourful materials, colourful feathers)
- little bit of rice (for the shaker or use anything else: little stones, beans, sand)
- Step 1: Add some colourful pompoms in one of the bottle, then place the lid. Use the sellotape to seal the lid.
- Step 2: Using the other bottle to add some rice or anything else you like to make a shaker for the baby. Seal the bottle with tape.
TIP: The sensory bottles are a great tool to stimulate the baby’s senses. You can move it and shake it around and the baby will follow your movements to look after the bottle, it helps to strength the baby’s muscle, will stimulate baby visual, hearing and touch (if the baby is old enough to hold the bottle).
You can use the shaker to sing along with your baby, it helps their brain development. When you sing to your baby they bond with you and your voice.
Bath Play with Baby!
Please ensure you remain with your baby at all times during this activity.
- Baby bath or Bath
- Luke warm water (temperature tested)
- Towel for Baby
- Baby bubble bath (so long as baby isn’t allergic)
- Step 2: Add some bubbles to the water if you wish to.
- Step 3: Add the Ducks to the water- feel free to make some duck sounds to your baby as you do this!
- Step 4: Gently place baby in the bath and play with the ducks in the bath with baby