Spring Activites for you and baby
Spring is in the air. Birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and the flowers are blooming. You’re eager to get outside and get active with your baby. Spring is the perfect time to try some fun and creative sensory activities that help your little one explore and discover the world around them. Stumped for ideas? Keep reading!
1. Egg Hunt and Textured Eggs
Nothing says spring more than Easter. And if there’s one thing most moms have lying around the house, it’s dozens of colorful, plastic Easter eggs. These two projects are a great way to use up these plastic eggs and engage your little one in some interactive play. Babies are fascinated by fun and simple games that keep them guessing. Peek-a-Boo is the perfect example of this type of game. Fill each egg with small toys or items. Have your little one open each egg to discover what’s inside. Watch their face light up as they find small figures, balls, and other colorful toys. Always monitor your baby closely during these types of games, as small items can pose a choking hazard. If there’s one thing babies love more than finding things, it’s touching them! Use your plastic eggs and small balloons filled with materials of different textures. Things like sand, flour, sugar, or small beads are perfect for sensory play. Fill each balloon with a different ingredient and place them in the eggs. Your child will love experimenting and experiencing all the different textures.
2. Fun in the Sun
One of the best things about spring is being able to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. Fresh air and vitamin D from the sun are great for your baby’s health. Take your little one outside to explore the world around them. Let the grass tickle their bare feet. Take them for a walk where they feel the warm breeze on their face and bare skin. Another great outdoor activity is gardening. This may be easier for older infants and toddlers but bring them along while you tend to your garden. Simply being outdoors, near the fresh fruits and vegetables is an amazing sensory experience for your little one. Watch as they take in the sights, sounds, and smells of nature.
3. Sensory Bins
One of the best ways for your baby to experience spring is through sensory play. So why not bring the outdoors in with some creative and fun sensory bins? The options are truly endless for spring sensory bins and are based primarily on how messy you wanna get. If you’re not afraid of a little clean-up, create a dirt sensory bin filled with clean, soil and fake, plastic bugs or flowers. Let your baby feel the dirt and see how it looks on their hands. Other sensory bin ideas include Easter “grass” with plastic chicks or eggs and cotton balls that resemble clouds along with some silky butterflies. Most of these supplies are easily purchased at your local craft store.
This is another great way to bring the outdoors in and create a project you can enjoy throughout the season. You and baby can collect colorful leaves, flowers, and other materials from outside. All you need are these items, a gallon size plastic storage bag, and hair gel. Place a some gel in the bag (enough to move around and cover most of the inside). Next, choose a “front” side of the sensory bag. Let your little one hand you the items as you place them inside and scatter them evenly around, sticking them to the gel. When you’re done, release any built up air from inside the bag so it lays flat. Tape the top of the bag to a nearby window where your baby can reach. Here, the sun will shine through the bag, illuminating the colors of spring items and the hair gel. Your baby can safely touch and explore the items through the bag.
Spring is a time for outdoor exploration and experiencing nature. As your baby grows, they are eager to discover the world around them. When these two worlds come together, amazing things happen! Try a few of these spring activities with your little one and join in their curiosity and wonder.
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