You may have heard mummies talk about DIY sensory activities on social media or on forums. Such sensory activities aim to refine the senses pertaining to the discernment of size, length, weight, shape, texture, volume, temperature and smell, among others.
By engaging his senses, a kid can retain information better, says Florence Fok, district manager at Brighton Montessori. He also becomes more logical, aware and perceptive.
Here, Florence shares these DIY sensory activities you can explore with your toddler at home.
Remove the glass from a frame. Wrap or secure clothes around or on the frame with zippers, buttons or shoelaces, using a staple gun.
Fill a bag with 20 small objects. These may include a short pencil, eraser, teaspoon, key, and others. Take the objects out of the bag one at a time, and place them on the table.
When your kid has become familiar with these articles, they are returned into the bag. Blindfold him, then get him to take an object out of the bag, and try to guess what it is by feeling it.
Stick sandpaper (of three or four different grades) on wooden/cork coasters to make matching pairs.
Then put matching coloured stickers on the back as a control of error. Have your young one pair them up by feeling the sandpaper.
Make matching sound bottles from empty bottles with a cap (opaque ones are best). Fill each with equal amounts of uncooked rice, straws, or dry beans.
Have your kid sniff at some bottles which hold different liquids and try to match identical scents (do not use household cleaners or anything toxic or unsuitable for children).
Here’s another example of fun DIY sensory activities. Place a dozen pairs of cloth squares of different thickness, colours and textures in a box. Match the textiles, discuss the textures and feel of fabrics, and talk about other properties of the materials.