Activity Ball Sensory Bag
Sensory bags: why they’re good for babies
A sensory bag is a bag full of everyday objects and materials that your baby can explore.
Babies explore all the time and in many different ways. It’s how they learn.For example, babies often put things in their mouths. This isn’t just to learn what something tastes like. It helps babies understand an object’s texture and shape too.Babies also explore by banging and shaking things to see what happens. They stare closely at whatever is in their hands, and they might try to grab anything that catches their interest. A sensory bag gives your baby plenty of safe and interesting things to look at, taste, touch and so on.
What you need to make a sensory bag for babies
You need a soft cloth bag. Choose a bag that doesn’t have anything that could be a choking or strangulation risk, like ribbons, buttons, beads or stickers.
You also need a collection of interesting things that are safe for your baby to hold and put into their mouth.
Here are some things that could go into your baby’s sensory bag:
- pieces of fabric of different sizes, colours and textures – try smooth cotton, rough wool or fuzzy velvet
- small baby toys that make sounds, like ones that squeak or jingle bells
- baby rattles
- knobbly plastic teething rings
- small plastic cups, bowls and lids
- spoons of different sizes – try wooden spoons, teaspoons or measuring spoons
- rice, colourful beads or buttons in tightly sealed plastic containers that rattle when shaken
- balls of different textures and sizes.
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