Today we explored some of our senses in the babies room. We looked at sight and sound.
Miss Alison set up a lovely sight and sound table with a speaker that had colourful light, musical instruments and recycled bottles filled with different coloured water and a mirror.
Babies learn best and retain the most information when they engage their senses.
Providing opportunities for children to actively use their senses as they explore their world through ‘sensory play’ is crucial to brain development – it helps to build nerve connections in the brain’s pathways.
This leads to a child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks and supports cognitive growth, language development, gross motor skills, social interaction and problem solving skills so that’s exactly why we spend so much time exploring these senses in our room.
Azalya was the first her and had some exciting tummy time looking at her reflection and also the colourful lights through the mirror. She was mesirized and spent a lot more time than usual happy on her tummy as she was distracted and enjoying using her sight sense.
The acivtity table today was designed to support the development of sight, sound, touch, gross & fine motor skills, through fun learning and interactive play.
Lily and Charles wenet to investigatethe table and were drawn by the lights. Lily started dancing and was watching her reflection smiling and Charles went straight to join on with the instruments.
Miss Alison used the lights in her group time this morning. All the babies had an instrument and happily played along to all the nursery rhymes. We sang incy wincy spider with a hand puppet and also the kolas kolas song that miss dana introduced to the babies yesterday.
Its used to introduce all the babies to the group time
It goes koala koala in the tree- can you say your name to me. Its helping the babies to want to say their name but it’s a great song that helps display their belonging to our room and our group.
All the babies had some much fun with the group time we all happily played with the music instruments and danced along to a great nursery rhyme playlist after miss Alison stopped singing.
Marley enjoyed playing peek a boo in the play house and reading some stories with the teachers.
Charles and Sebastian were busy in home corner making food and then filling their bags and walking around the room. The handbags and shopping bags have proved very popular in our room this week. If anyone has a old handbag or bag at home that is unwanted we would love if you could donate them to our home corner area. These real props provide so many hours of fun. The babies are all enjoying real things instead of toys. The saucepans and our favourite milk bottles with water are keeping us busy and also we are being very sustainable.
Chloe enjoyed lots of dancing today. As soon as she heard the music she was bopping away. She really loved our grouptime and was carrying around lots of instruments everywhere she went.
Klaus was enjoying a xylophone. He worked out that the sound was loud if you use the stick connected to it and that is only made a quiet sound if he used his hand.
It was such a nice day with all the music and instruments.
Later in the afternoon the lights speaker went into the water ( as it’s a pool speaker ) and the babies enjoyed dancing and splashing along to under the sea songs. The water was a great medium for their creativity and the warm water was lovely.
Soon enough Lily added a baby to the water tray and it turned into a baby doll pool party.