Sensory Bag Fun
In Rabbits Room (1-2 years), Jo decided to get creative and make some sensory bags. In total, there were 4 different bags holding various ingredients. Bag 1 contained blue dye and water; this makes the water more attractive and stimulating for the children. Bag 2 contained water and sequins; the sequins float around and sparkle in the water making it a lot more approachable. Bag 3 contained water and pom pom bears; the pom bears make the texture of the bag contents feel different and encourage the children to want to feel it. Bag 4 contained washing up liquid and water; the washing up liquid made the water soapy and created bubbles in the bag. The bags were also covered in animal prints which the children seemed to love!
Daniel was first to approach the sensory bags, he runs his fingers over the bag and feels a pom bear. He smiles and repeats his actions. He then approaches the bag containing the washing up liquid, he stares at the bubbles popping inside and finds it very interesting. Holly watches Daniel for a short while and walks over to the table. She walks over to a chair but decides to stand, so pushes the chair out of the way. She then sees the sequins in the bag and this straight away catches her attention. She uses one finger to push down on each sequin that is floating around and laughs as it floats away from her. She then heard a member say "bag" and attempted repeating the word. Elijah is a lot more experimental with the sensory bags. He instantly tries to pick them up from the table and shakes them around; watching the ingredients all mix together. He also puts the bag to his mouth. Elijah then says "pop" when he sees the bubbles in the bag.
Such as simple activity has benefited the children in a variety of ways. They are speaking about the sensory bags and repeating words they have heard; this boosts their Communication and Language Development. They are also engaging in a group activity with their peers and all sharing the same thoughts and ideas. For example Holly saw Daniel at the table playing with the bags, this prompted her to approach the table with Daniel and join in with the activity. This shows that the activity is helping support their Personal, Social, Emotional Development and helping them maintain their close relationship with other peers. It also helps support their Physical Development as they are touching the bags and picking them up.
There is nothing more important to developing children than exposure to a stimulating environment. A stimulating environment is one that offers children many interesting things to do, see, hear and touch. It is the parents and care givers role to provide a stimulating environment for their children. During the first year of life, the amount of positive contact parents have with their babies will affect their physical, emotional, social and intellectual development. The more parents interact with their young children the more rapidly they will develop.
It is the parents' role to provide a stimulating environment for their children. During the first year of life, the amount of positive contact parents have with their babies will affect their physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development. The more parents interact with their young children the more rapidly they will develop.