Baby M joined us last week. He is 9 months old, not yet mobile and puts everything in his mouth. Heuristic play, which is playing freely with a selection of objects, is a perfect activity for him. Rather than simply getting out our treasure basket, I decided to create some themed sensory setups for him to explore.
My first theme was “shiny”, inspired by this post at Worms Eye-View. Baby M loved the crinkly thermal blanket and spent a long time tugging it. There were lots of shiny objects, which gave him the opportunity to experience cold, hard metal and various jingling sounds.
This setup included lots of objects made from natural materials. Baby M loved kicking his legs over the beach mat to make a squeaky rustling noise. There was a wide range of textures to explore, with smooth, rough and spiky objects. Some were hard and some were soft, some were cold and some were warm to the touch.
These themes have been a big success, so I’d love to think of some more ideas to try. A “soft” setup with blankets, cushions, fabric toys and playsilks maybe? Please feel free to share any other suggestions!