Sensory Board

Tags: sensory, baby play

Section: Sensory

Making a sensory board gives babies the opportunity to explore a range of textures and experience different sensations. It encourages babies natural curiosity and helps investigatative skills.

Suggestions of different materials which could be used to make a sensory board:

craft foam
pipe cleaners
googly eyes
bubble wrap
sprinkles
lycra
fabric
glitter
feathers
lace
porridge oats
salt
wooden lollipop stick
tissue paper
silver foil
pom poms
felt
shells
sand paper
ribbon
cotton wool
velcro
pasta
paper clips
lentils
buttons
sequins
macaroni

ensure babies are always supervised in case any items come loose from the board

How can this benefit your child's development?

Sensory experiences are vital for young children's brain development. Sensory play stimulates children's senses which strengthen neural connections necessary for all areas of a child's development. Exploring through touch helps children start to gain more knowledge about the environment around them and learn more about the world. A sensory board can help your baby's fine motor skills as they coordinate their movements to feel the different materials. This also helps baby's gain a sense of themselves as they begin to develop preferences to which textures they like and dislike. A sensory board can help children learn new words as you use words to describe the different things they are feeling.

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