So more times than I would like to admit I find myself Googling "what should I be doing with my (insert age) month old?" I know she is just a baby, but I want to keep her senses going and I hate just plopping her on the mat for more than 15-20 minutes. I know the wall entertains her but I get bored and sometimes I know she does too. I get to stay at home with her all day so I want to make these times count.
So in my Googling this week I came across sensory play ideas. If you are not familiar with it... (I wasn't until baby came) sensory play is any activity that stimulates the senses (easy enough): touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. They say ( I use these phantom people to explain to Josh, my parents...everyone...all these things that we should be doing with baby... "They say no food till 6 months...they say there are chemicals in diapers, they say we should give her eye contact all the time ...you get the idea...) So yea...they say stimulating baby's senses helps develop cognitively, linguistically, socially and emotionally, physically and creatively. Sounds good to me. So I continued to read on and they started talking about a sensory table. Basically you take a bunch of junk from around the house, glue it to a piece of wood or cardboard and let the baby play with it. Sounds easy enough to me. So lets give this a try.
Here is what Josh and I created.