Children under 12 months need exposure to sensory play. Sensory play encourages your child to learn about the world around them using all of their senses. Some kids will play and explore with a variety of consistencies (wet, dry, rough, smooth, etc.) and some kids will show a definite preference (for example, only wanting to play
with dry consistencies). It’s important that children have the opportunity to explore different types of
consistencies. An idea is to place whipping cream, pudding, or another wet food item on your child’s tray or in an
area in front of them. Watch as they explore. Some kids may touch gently. Some may use their hand to
swipe the consistency. Some may play for an extended amount of time. Some may want to be finished quickly. The biggest part is to just observe initially. As they explore, you can describe what they are doing. I often encourage families to limit the amount of talking you do to your child during sensory play. Talk, but give them time to figure out the world around them. Explore! Explore! Explore!
~Marena Mitchell, Speech-Language Pathologist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist