Hello, infant fams!
We've had such a wonderful week at the sprout. With this being the final week of our months theme we decided to save the best for last- Sensory! At this stage of life, babies need stimulation to learn about the world around them, in order to see how their bodies work and what they can do with themselves. They need stimulation in order to foster intellectual growth. Sensory play provides new experiences about their environment, helps develop and engage memories, and speeds learning; I absolutely love introducing sensory activities to the babes! Throughout the week the daisies have explored a variety of textured items such as; sand & seashells.
On Monday Ms. Liz filled in for Jenn. It was lovely having her join the class for the day. We sang plenty of tunes and Ms. Liz read a super cute book about furry animals. On Tuesday we discussed some sensory experiences we might have at the beach and set up an activity for the babes to explore. We filled a bucket with sand and encouraged each daisy to feel the gritty texture with their hands and toes, we also created a "sparkling" water bag by combining half a cup of water and a few sprinkles of silver and blue colored glitter! These activities were a big hit for the daisies, we took turns watching each friend manipulate the squishy bag. On Wednesday Ms. Jenn brought some seashells in for the daisies to touch and feel, during this activity we listened to the calming sounds of ocean waves using our sound machine. On Thursday we added a bit of sand and water into a pool and had each friend squish their toes into it, it was alot of fun seeing their reaction to the feel of the sticky sand between their toes. With the combination of the sand and water it smelled a tad bit like the ocean air in the classroom! Today I will be leaving at noon but Ms. Jenn has a bunch of exciting activities planned out for the rest of the afternoon.
Wishing you a lovely weekend!
Crystal Gonzales and Jenn Joslin Green Sprout Infant Co-Teachers