Sensory play is so important for little ones. It encourages them to explore, exposes them to different senses and textures, and most importantly, it’s fun!
Benny is an incredibly inquisitive little boy. He’s all action, always on the go and constantly wants to explore new things…especially with his mouth.
He loves grabbing and scratching things, so I decided to make him a “touch and feel” sensory board.
I picked up a bunch of supplies from a cheap variety store, and even found some suitable items around the house. The aim was to find objects with differing textures…soft, hard, rough, smooth etc. which were also safe for a baby.
I used a hot glue gun to attach them to a piece of cardboard from an old box, trying to separate the different textures and colours, then just left it to dry overnight.
The items I ended up using included:
- Felt material
- Paper and plastic straws
- Bubble wrap
- A ping pong ball
- Curling ribbon
- Sequin material
- A cleaning cloth.
As soon as I placed the board in front of Benny, his interest was piqued.
He was immediately drawn to the ribbon and the sequin cloth and within 10 minutes, had managed to pull several of the items free…such a boy!
The beauty of this home-made toy is that it’s easily fixed and very adaptable. There’s so many different materials you can use and you can easily be led by your baby and what they are most interested in.
Here’s a few pics of Benny going to town on his new toy!
C Buzz x