Baby Sensory Shapes Activity
This activity is created with young babies in mind. It has the multiple benefits of being easy to create and linking to many areas of the EYFS Development Matters. Just a few items are needed to make this activity which helps to build on sensory awareness, physical development and understanding.
Follow our simple step-by-step guide to have a go at this activity today:
What you will need:
- A variety of materials with different textures - e.g. felt, cotton wool, lolly sticks, Velcro, fabric, sponge, leaves, stones, etc.
Preparing the activity:
- Cut out small circles or squares of cardboard; these will be the bases. Larger ones can also be made for children to lay on, if preferred.
- Cut out the variety of materials, ensuring they will fit on the cardboard shapes.
- Stick the materials on to the cardboard using a strong glue - a glue gun is ideal if available.
- Wait for the glue to fully dry before giving to the children; at least 24 hours.
Doing the activity:
Lay the variety of textured cardboard shapes on the floor and allow the babies to interact with them. Give guidance by showing them how to use their hands to touch the items and vocalise the different textures. Of course, very young children will not verbally respond but hearing new words (such as soft, rough, hard, tickly, smooth, etc.) is important for their development.
The materials can also be used under foot so, if the children are able to stand, let them walk or stand on them. If they are too young to stand, softly stroking the materials on the bottom of their feet is recommended. Another suggestion is to gently move appropriate materials (anything that will feel nice!) across children’s arms and legs.
Constant communication with babies is the best way to help them learn, so maintain verbal interaction and sing, sing, sing! With any activity for young babies, close supervision is crucial to ensure they do not put unsuitable items in their mouths.