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Sensory Board for Babies

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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
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • craft supplies / recycled items

What to do:

  1. 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!
  2. Make a square shaped template that you can draw around
  3. On one of the pieces of cardboard, draw four evenly spaced squares.
  4. Use a craft knife to cut out the squares, then glue the two pieces of cardboard together.
  5. Use the square template again to cut out squares in different materials (we used bubble wrap, corrugated card, felt and foam stickers here)
  6. 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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Sian Thomas

Sian Thomas

Sian is a trained teacher mama to three awesome children and wife to Greg. As a family of expats, they travel the world every couple of years for new adventures. Right now, they live in Vienna, Austria.

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