What better to get us through these last couple days of the week than the adorable faces of our TLC infants and young explorers?!
Sometimes it can be difficult finding activities to do with your infant. At TLC, our creative and motivated teachers always find a way to keep a smile on all the babies face's. Here are some of our infant teachers favorite activities to keep the day interesting and the babies giggling!
One of our absolute favorite things to do with our infants and young explorers is a daily walk or outside play time. Not only is it a good way to pass the time but it is so good for babies to get outside, get a change of scenery, some fresh air and sunshine. Spending time outside is associated with improved mood and happiness!
Staying Engaged: We love finding ways to work on our infants sensory skills as they discover the world around them. In nature there are so many things for your baby to discover: the feel of the grass or dirt, pulling leaves from trees, seeing and hearing animals, rushing water, cars, and so much more. With so much to see and do, being outside can increase their natural curiosity, building their confidence when it comes to experiencing new things.
Putting together a sensory bin is a fun way for your child to stay occupied while still learning! You can fill your bin with anything that's safe for your child to touch, smell, and inevitably, put in their mouth. Some of our favorite things to use are items like uncooked rice and macaroni noodles, nut-free cereals, balls, water, sponges, plastic toys and what ever else you can think of. Not afraid of getting messy? Make a bowl of jello, cooked spaghetti or whipped cream and let them get messy. The possibilities are endless!
Staying Engaged: Sensory bins, as you could've guessed from the name, are great for developing sensory processing skills. Sight, touch and sound are involved in any sensory bin, but don't be afraid to implement smell and taste. Our toddler class loves to use cinnamon in their sensory activities! It also is great for practicing fine motor skills as your baby learns to gasp and manipulate the items in the bin. Sensory bins can also promote attention span, so what are you waiting for?!