Wednesday, January 22, 2014

5 Sensory Stimulating Activities For Your 9 Month Old

(I was working on this post before we left for vacation. I never got around to posting it then, but I didn't want you to miss out on these cool activities for your little one! I hope you enjoy them. Happy playing!)

1. Sensory bins. There are countless varieties of sensory bins that you can easily make with things around the house. Alexa's current favorite is a water sensory bin.

Water Sensory Bin
You'll need a small bucket, warm water, baby wash for bubbles, small bath toys or small plastic toys, scoops and a thick towel. Put about 1-2 inches of warm water into your bin, add a squirt or two of baby wash while filling the bin, then add toys and scoops. Place the bin on a thick towel. Now baby is ready to play! **Adult supervision is mandatory when children are playing in or around water.

2. Sensory bottles. Sensory bottles are a cheap and easy way to entertain any bored child! For a 9 month old, it is important to consider safety when making your sensory bottle. Be sure to super glue the lid closed so that any small pieces can not be reached or eaten by your little one. There are lots of different themes you can use for Sensory bottles. A very easy sensory bottle is the sound bottle. Other themes include colors, sizes, etc. For color bottles, you can use colored pompoms or glitter.

Make your own Sound Bottle
Supplies - super glue, clean, dry empty water bottle and dry beans, rice, or sand. Fill the empty water bottle with a few tablespoons of dry beans, rice or sand. Super glue the lid onto the bottle. Now baby has a fun new toy that makes a fun sound and is visually stimulating as well.

3. Bubbles. Blowing bubbles is such a simple and inexpensive way to stimulate your baby's senses. There are lots of cool ways to expand upon blowing bubbles by creating glow in the dark bubbles, colored bubbles, or even edible bubbles!

4. Finger painting. One of Alexa's absolute, most favorite things to do! Finger painting can be messy, but there are so many ways to cut down on the mess. Adding a drop or two of baby wash to the paint and having baby paint in just a diaper with a towel over the high chair, are just a couple of ways to cut down on the mess. There are even recipes available to make your own homemade finger paint for infants and toddlers!

5. Tissue Play. I spent 1.34€ on a box of tissues and gave it to Alexa. I showed her how to pull the tissues out of the box, wave them around, rip them up, or wipe her face with them. She will sit and play with these for 10-20 minutes at a time. After a month, we still had the same box of tissues and she still enjoys pulling them out. Awesome, inexpensive activity. Plus, as a bonus, clean up is super quick! When she is a little older I will show her how to pull them out and then put them back into the box.

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