From birth, children learn about the world by touching, tasting, smelling, seeing, and hearing. Sensory play contributes in crucial ways to brain development. Stimulating the senses sends signals to a child’s brain that help strengthen neural pathways important to all types of learning. So, how do we provide opportunities for children to actively use their senses without buying expensive learning materials? This month: Vision Sensory Bottles
- Sturdy water bottles of various sizes. Aqua pod, Simply Orange and other small bottles are great for little hands.
- Filler: water, rice, sand, shredded paper, and a variety of objects small enough to fit into the neck of the bottle.
- Colored foam shapes, pom-poms, and cut up pipe cleaners add visual stimulation and develop early math skills. A variety of items in one color creates a monochromatic look.
- Duct tape and/or Super Glue to secure cap.
Fill a bottle almost to the top and add colored beads, buttons, and other light weight items that will float slowly when moved. You can create bubbles by adding a squirt of dish detergent and a few drops of food coloring. Another option is to fill a bottle 2/3 full with sand or rice and add 5-10 small objects for an I Spy type bottle. Sand, glitter and small gold or silver buttons or discs make a soothing movement.
- Fine motor skills
- Eye hand coordination
- Muscle strength
- Early Math skills