Meet Melissa, she's a Teacher and Mum to Immi (12 months old). She is a teacher and loves coming up with Sensory Play Ideas for Babies. She loves to ensure she's targeting particular areas of development through the activities she plans for her daughter, Immi at home.
Melissa's Approach to Sensory Play
I try to not get too far ahead of myself with planning and preparing our activities and take her lead through watching what she’s showing a particular interest in, or observing what she’s avoiding.
I’ve been really blessed in my teaching career and have had the opportunity to train with and work closely with Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists – an absolute blessing for working with kids of any age, in any context. This knowledge has also helped me immensely in introducing new concepts and activities for Immi at home.
The jelly dig was a simple and fun sensory activity for Immi to practice her skills with cutlery, whilst using both hands independently and simultaneously.
What you need for a Jelly Dig
- A heavy-bottomed pan (to avoid tipping)
- Natural Flavoured Jelly
- Fresh Fruit
- A Teether
- Stacking cups
- Shapes from a shape sorter
- Any other items that the baby is showing interest in.
- Selection of spoons, forks, and scoops.
- Prepare Jelly as per packet instructions.
- Pour into pan and allow to cool to lukewarm.
- Add fruit, shapes, teether and other special interest items into cooled Jelly mix.
- Put in the fridge to set (overnight is good for next day activities)
We’re going to play around with different versions of this jelly dig to continue developing hand eye coordination, fine motor skills and to continue exploring textures in a fun, tasty way! We hope you and your little one enjoy it as much as we did and continue to change it up too for future motor development!
Melissa is a Teacher who began her career in a low socio-economic school with over 90% of students from non-English speaking backgrounds. She fell in love with working in this setting and has remained in similar schools, where she currently works part-time as an Instructional Leader – Deputy Principal. As a teacher with a particular interest and understanding of the power of early intervention, I feel it’s integral to provide as many rich learning activities as possible through a variety of ways, most importantly through play.
You can follow Melissa and Immi on Instagram @life.with.the.feredays