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Simple Sensory Activities for Babies (Newborn to 14 Months Old)

Simple Sensory Activities for Babies (Newborn to 14 Months Old)

For babies, almost everything is sensory play. That’s because, at this stage of play development, they constantly learn about their bodies and environment through the senses. Small changes to tummy time or an extra few minutes at a meal can turn into sensory play. You don’t need to spend too much time planning or setting up sensory…

Favorite Nature Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Kids | Free Templates

Favorite Nature Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Kids | Free Templates

Updated: March 17, 2024 Nature scavenger hunts are an excellent way for children to learn and explore their natural surroundings. I’m sharing my favorite nature scavenger hunt ideas for kids, along with resources to create your own.  How to Make a Nature Scavenger Hunt Creative Nature Scavenger Hunt Ideas More Ideas Free, Printable Templates Download…

8 Types of Outdoor Learning Activities for an 18-Month-Old

8 Types of Outdoor Learning Activities for an 18-Month-Old

Outdoor learning activities help develop all domains of learning. Playing outside allows toddlers to explore the natural world through hands-on play. Outdoor play also allows for risk-taking play, an essential piece of toddler development. Outdoor learning stimulates all the senses, including the proprioceptive and vestibular senses. Already feel like you know about toddler sensory development?…

The Ultimate Loose Parts Play Material List for Kids

The Ultimate Loose Parts Play Material List for Kids

Adding loose parts materials like blocks, natural objects, and household can make any space into an exciting place for young children to explore their creativity naturally. When play spaces are reduced to just a few pieces of equipment, children aren’t able to explore or get creative. Battery-powered toys, tablets, and most “educational” toys don’t align…

18+ of the Best Sensory Learning Activities for 18-Month-Olds

18+ of the Best Sensory Learning Activities for 18-Month-Olds

Toddlers learn best by exploring and experimenting. Sensory activities stimulate the senses and help toddlers learn about the world. Look for ideas to capture your 18-month-old’s interest and spark curiosity. These sensory learning ideas are great for at home or in a toddler classroom! Indoor Sensory Learning Activities Felt Boards Create a felt board by…

Cognitive Activities: Ideas for Toddlers 1 to 3 Years Old

Cognitive Activities: Ideas for Toddlers 1 to 3 Years Old

As a developmental therapist working in early intervention, I’m excited to share my favorite cognitive activities for toddlers aged 1 to 3. These fun and developmentally appropriate activities can be enjoyed at home or in the classroom. Support toddlers’ cognitive development with interactive activities that enhance executive function and problem-solving. Cognitive Development Cognitive development is…

Best Imagination Games for Imaginative, Creative Toddlers

Best Imagination Games for Imaginative, Creative Toddlers

Building imagination skills leads to a lifetime of creativity. Explore these 8 types of imagination games for toddlers and find the activities that will give your child a creative outlet. Each type of imagination game includes several play-based imaginative activities to use in the classroom or at home. What are Imagination Games? Imagination games are…

Vestibular and Proprioceptive Sensory-Seeking Play: What to Know

Vestibular and Proprioceptive Sensory-Seeking Play: What to Know

Updated: November 20, 2023 The vestibular and proprioceptive systems use sensory input to connect the body to the brain. These senses help the brain and body balance, coordinate movement, and respond to the environment. Key Points As a developmental therapist, I partner with occupational therapists to bring appropriate vestibular and proprioceptive sensory-seeking play into therapy…