Sensory Play the BIG Words in Child Development!

Families who have taken a Little Hands & Me Parenting Network’s class or a family who has been following us on social media for any length of time know that one topic that is huge for me is sensory based learning, or sensory play.

Sensory based learning does not mean solely messy play or play that creates learning for the sense of touch. Sensory play goes well beyond this type of learning. In fact, I love to when a single play task involves all areas of whole child development: social, emotional, cognitive, language and motor development.

We all know the 5 senses: sight, touch, sound, taste and smell. And did you know you that there at least 9 senses if not closer to 21!  I, often, discuss vestibular and proprioceptive senses! Vestibular is the system that works on balance and eye movements, while proprioceptive works on one’s ability to sense movements or know where one’s body is in space!

mom and babies in Saskatoon join baby sign language class and enjoy meeting new friends

One activity we complete in baby sign class is scarf play! This promotes a child’s play, creativity, learning and signing adventures.  And there is never a dull moment during our scarf play. This activity occurs just 2 times in our 8 weeks and each are very different types of movement and songs. In today’s blog, I will share one of the songs we use in our demo classes.

 

Parents have fun guessing what will be coming out of my bins and bags for each class. On average, I bring with me one large Rubbermaid bin and one bag per class! Babies of all ages are intrigued by the scarfs when I pull them out of my bags They love the colours and mesh feeling plus they are just perfect to fit inside their hands. The youngest babies can even hold onto and start to move their arms to promote movement!

We play the regular and common game of peek-a-boo! And the thrill of laughter is amazing. Next comes a staple of our baby sign demos in Saskatoon. This song is called “Where is Mommy?”. Now, this may not be the most original song yet we complete the song with ASL signs and include various members of the family which can include our best fur friends!

 

Ready? Here is the lyrics:

“Where is mommy, where is mommy?

Here I am! Here I am!

I’m so glad to see you, I’m so glad to see you!

Peak-a-boo, Peak-a-boo”

 

Can you guess which words we would sign to in the demo classes? And as always, when families register for our baby sign classes we dive deeper and deeper into play, learning and signing!

I’d love to hear from you about an idea for a blog topic!

 

With you in your parenting journey!

 

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