Simple Yet Effective Sensory Toys For Babies
Sensory play is something that all parents and care providers are becoming more aware of and many are keen to try this type of play due to the many benefits associated with it. Simply put, sensory play is designed to stimulate babies and toddlers' senses and help them learn about the world around them. Whilst playing with them, sensory toys can also assist with early development such as; cognitive, language and also fine and gross motor skills.
Thankfully, anyone can introduce sensory play to their little one and you don’t need to be an expert to use sensory toys. Contrary to popular belief, sensory toys aren’t expensive either and often, simple toys are some of the best to use when you’re wanting to help your baby learn and develop. To give you an idea of some of the most effective sensory toys for babies and toddlers, below we have looked into some that are frequently used by parents and care providers.
Whilst they’re referred to as “sensory toys”, it’s worth noting that many of the items we’re going to talk about aren’t classified as toys and your little one shouldn’t use them without supervision.
This is one of the most commonly used sensory items and it can provide hours of fun for any inquisitive baby. Laying your little one on a foil blanket rather than a standard play mat will spark their curiosity and teach them the basics about cause and effect. The noise that a foil blanket makes will help to keep them engrossed in play too, developing their attention span.
You may hear organza scarves referred to as sensory scarves and they are one of the most versatile sensory toys for babies. There are a number of different games that you can play with organza scarves and they will engage all of your little one’s senses. The fact that organza scarves are brightly coloured makes them fun to play with as well.
Feathers tend to be found in baby sensory boxes and they offer a unique sensory experience for little ones. This really simple item can be used to help a baby develop an awareness of their own body and stroking or tickling them can be really effective. Often, feathers are used to encourage eye-tracking as well and they can be blown across a baby’s line of vision.
Tube of bubbles
Similarly to feathers, bubbles are commonly found in sensory boxes and they’re ideal for encouraging eye-tracking. As a bubble floats through the air, a baby will be intrigued and try to watch it with their eyes, and when a little one’s gross and fine motor skills develop, bubbles can even be used to help with hand-eye coordination too. Trying to pop or catch the bubbles will provide hours of developmental fun.
Anything that makes a noise will likely be a hit with a baby and a simple musical toy like an egg shaker will keep them entertained for a long time. Holding and shaking an egg shaker will develop gross and fine motor skills, and help to teach cause and effect too. As touched on above, the curiosity that any noisy sensory toy creates will also encourage focus.
Balloons are fun to play with for children of all ages and they can actually be used from a few months old during sensory play to aid development, so they’re often found in sensory boxes. A punching balloon is really beneficial and in addition to stimulating a number of senses, it also aids everything from eye-tracking and concentration to motor skills and cause and effect.
Purchasing sensory toys for babies in the UK
All in all, it is fair to say that if you’re interested in sensory play and sensory toys, then the simplest of items can sometimes be the most effective to use. You really don’t need to spend a fortune on complex toys to assist the early development of your little one and using any of the affordable items mentioned above can help to ensure that the time you spend playing together is as beneficial as possible for them.
When searching for somewhere to purchase sensory toys for babies in the UK, be sure to take a look at the rest of the My Little Goody Box website. We have a brilliant range of sensory toys and sensory boxes to choose from, all of which are high quality yet still really inexpensive. All of these sensory toys for babies have been handpicked based on items we have enjoyed using with our own children too and we are passionate about providing parents and care providers somewhere to not only buy sensory products but also get play ideas for these products.