Infant Play Activities That Stimulate Sensory Development
Below you will find a great list of infant play activities you could, and should engage your baby in on a daily basis. Sensory activities, geared to infant stimulation, will provide a way for you ensure proper sensory stimulation and development. These are valuable sensory activities for infants and toddlers that are simple, practical, and necessary.
Most of you probably do many of these infant play activities for sensory
stimulation naturally. If so, thank you! If you don't I hope this gives you some
basic ideas and stirs in you both creativity and commitment to providing the
essential sensory stimulation for your precious babies. If you make sure these
infant play activities are included in their repertoire, then your child will be
off to a great start!
Infant Play Activities
Hold and sing to young babies. Even when babies are able to hold
their own bottle, they should be held. Being cuddled frequently assists
to build the child's self-worth, security, and tactile system. Propping
an infant with a bottle is a choking hazard.
Rock, sway, and swing your baby gently to help them develop a sense
of movement and balance (vestibular system).
Talk to your infant and echo their babble. They may not be able to
understand you now, but will learn words for the foundation of their
speech later on.
Take your infant play activities outside on nice days.
Explain to them what you are doing throughout the day when you
change them or feed them. Babies feel secure when their cries are
responded to. When you provide them with the sense of security, they are
willing to explore and try new things.
Be consistent so they know what to expect. Babies have their own
schedule for eating, sleeping, and diaper changes. This may not be the
same as another child's.
Play different kinds of music such as classical, soft rock, and
children's folk music.
For newborns, use contrasting toys, such as black, white, and red.
These are easier for them to see. As the child gets older, place bright
toys near them.
Give them soft toys (a stuffed animal or soft rattle) to hold, grasp,
Give babies toys they can make noise with.
Provide children with the opportunity to experience various smells.
This may include lemon, vanilla, apple juice, or natural smells such as
grass or flowers.
Hang up big pictures of people (can include their family members)
and animals on the wall at their eye level.
Hang toys up that you make yourself for babies to see and hear. You
can hang aluminum pie plates on a string from the ceiling. Let the
breeze blow them or move them with their hands.
Have a clean space for babies to crawl. Put bright toys near them
so they can reach out for them or move toward them. Spending too much
time in various child devices can delay gross motor milestones since they
have not had the experience to develop their muscles and learn earlier
Put a big cardboard box on the floor so the babies can crawl inside
Put some chair cushions on the floor so the babies can roll and
bounce on them. Make sure the child is able to roll and has decent
head control to avoid a situation in which they will get "stuck" and
have trouble breathing.
Read books aloud to them that have bright colorful pages. They will
respond to the rhythm in your voice. Over time they will comprehend that
these words have meanings and be able to identify objects.
Let the child practice with a spoon between 4-12 months. It will be
messy, and they may not know what to do with it, but they need the
Remember that infants put everything in their mouths, so wash toys
frequently and be sure toys are large enough that the child is not able
to swallow it. Babies should not play with anything less that the size
of a half-dollar (1-1/4 inch).
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