“Although children respond differently to sensory experiences, these experiences can be therapeutic, improve motor skills, raise awareness of how the world works, and contribute to language acquisition.”
By Rachelle Doorley of Tinkerlab
When babies first interact with the world, they don’t have words to describe what they encounter, but they do absorb information through their senses. They can differentiate between sweet and sour tastes, will gravitate toward more pleasant smells, and are comforted by warmth and a soft touch.
The most important form of touching is the one that happens between parents and their babies. Sensory baby games as well as hugs, kisses and cuddles are comforting to babies and they help their brains to grow! Rocking your baby and playing touching games strengthens your bond with each other and will help your baby to develop visually.
While babies may not have the words to describe their experiences, sensory games can help them build vocabulary and understand language. By using words and questions that relate to the child’s experience, a parent or caregiver can link sensory experiences with cognitive growth. Here are a few examples of how you could articulate a sensory experience for a baby:
Touch: “I’m pouring warm water on your head. Do you feel the wet water?”
Sight: “Do you see the bird in the tree?” “Where do you see a squirrel? Oh, I see the squirrel on the fence.”
Smell: “Would you like to smell this flower? Mmmm, it smells sweet.”
Taste: “I think you like the lemon. Ooh, is it sour?”
Sound: “Do you hear the airplane? What sound does it make? Woooooosh.”
Using descriptive and action words such as: cold, hot, bumpy, shiny, smooth, pour, dump, scoop, sift, and splash in the context of experiences will help solidify the meanings of these words in a young child’s mind.
Here is an example of an enjoyable explorative sensory game. This is Mr. Bruno he loves to explore and his mom uses a bathtub with cornmeal instead of sand, (since she lives in an apartment) for his playtime. Also is safer for his eyes and mouth. He looks forward for this messy, beautiful and relaxing learning moment.
We hope you enjoy these learning activities as much as Mr. Bruno does!
Text/source: Rachelle Doorley of Tinkerlab/ Babies magazine/Massiel Cabrera
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