If you don’t use baby wipes, this sensory board is a great alternative to the ‘lift the flap’ DIYs I’ve shared here before. Read on to find out how you can make one…
Tummy time can be super hard at times – perhaps baby dislikes it or perhaps it can get a little boring. Whilst there are plenty of items you can buy for tummy time, lets face it, it’s something that will only get used for a couple of months.
This activity is recommended for babies who have good head control and are able to reach out in front of them to grab for objects. For reference, E was 5 months old in this photo, but he could grab for objects from around 3 months of age.
You will need:
- 2 thick pieces of cardboard
- Glue gun
- Craft knife
- craft supplies / recycled items
What to do:
- Measure up two pieces of cardboard and cut so that they are equal in size – we simply used two sides of a small cardboard box!
- Make a square shaped template that you can draw around
- On one of the pieces of cardboard, draw four evenly spaced squares.
- Use a craft knife to cut out the squares, then glue the two pieces of cardboard together.
- Use the square template again to cut out squares in different materials (we used bubble wrap, corrugated card, felt and foam stickers here)
- Glue the materials onto the board.
This activity is portable enough to use for tummy time or on a low table top for cruisy babies. We originally had flap doors (just leave one side of the square on) however E, who was 5 months old at the time, found the flaps a little too much!
Benefits of creating a sensory board:
Sometimes activities seem like a lot of effort, especially if cutting and gluing is involved. Here’s a few reasons why this activity works so well.
- Exploring the senses. You can talk about the feel of the textures. e.g. bumpy.
- A fun tummy time activity (tummy time is essential for developing the muscles in the head and upper body)
- Language development – talk about the colours, shapes and feel of the materials used.
The sensory board can also grow with your child. You could stick it to a wall or even on a table top as your baby grows for a cruising activity.
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