Shake ’em, Stack ’em, Knock ’em & repeat – DIY Baby Sensory Blocks!
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What child doesn’t get a kick out of knocking over blocks? Miss11m was highly amused by these Baby Sensory Blocks I made for her. With some recycled containers & fillers from the kitchen & around the house, these ‘Blocks’ are simple, inexpensive & so much fun!
It, of course, goes without saying that this activity requires supervision due to the small parts that could pose a choking hazard for young children. Ensure you line the inner lid with a hot glue gun before closing tightly.
These Baby Sensory Blocks are the perfect DIY toy to make for your Baby. Each ‘Block’ holding opportunity to explore & discover their senses, as well as work on hand-eye coordination.
Add a tactile experience to your Sensory ‘Block’ Play, by incorporating texture to the lid of your containers. Use a hot glue gun to add a piece of corrugated cardboard, faux fur, artificial grass, foam, sponge, etc. Keep in mind this may make your blocks harder to stack. Challenge accepted.
Remember that a Baby explores touch through their mouth as well as their hands. This ties in with TASTE.
As these ‘Blocks’ are for Babies, it’s highly likely they will end up in your Babies mouth at some point or another. Instead of these Play ‘Blocks’, you could use snack pots with pieces of fruit or snacks to eat & play.
Skip the ‘scratch ‘n’ sniff’ for a ‘shake ‘n’ sniff’ – Add coffee beans or paddle pop sticks with a few drops of essence to explore scent through your Baby Sensory Blocks! Just poke a hole or two into the top of the lid.
Fill your Sensory Blocks with an assortment of colourful, textured fillings.
What can you fill your ‘Blocks’ with?
- Rice (lentils, split peas, black beans, rainbow rice, coffee beans, pasta, oats etc)
- Cotton Balls
Try to keep your ‘Blocks’ lightweight by only filling with very few items. For example, if you were to use bells, place one or two so they have room to move & create a clear, unique sound. If you’re using rice (or similar – lentils, pasta, beans, etc) only fill your container 1/4th of the way – so they too have room to move about the container.
Fill your blocks with materials that will create different sounds – I found the lentils & split peas had quite a relaxing, softer sound compared to the plastic & wooden beads, that were loud and caused a bigger reaction out of Miss11m. One of our blocks contained a few pieces of cut cork, which when shook, sounded hollow. I also included a no-sound ‘Block’ filled with Cotton Balls.
I scored these ‘specimen’ type jars for a couple of dollars from a $2 shop. They are plastic with a screw lid & the perfect size for little hands. Here’s some similar ones you can purchase from Amazon.
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*All activities within this post I feel are safe for the children in my care. All children are developmentally different – It is up to you as the child’s parents & guardian’s to assess what is appropriate for your child. All activities I share are intended to be used with adult supervision.