DIY Sensory Board for Babies

Here are the instructions on how you can make your own DIY sensory board for babies. I encourage you do make one of these yourself, your little ones will love it!

Providing our little ones with rich sensory learning experiences is so important. The good news is that it’s also really very easy to make your own sensory board for your baby using a few items that are easily found around the house. My little girl, Possum, absolutely LOVES her sensory board, more than any other toy in the house. Also gets her doing tummy time!

Quite simply I gathered together a few interesting scraps from around the house that I felt were safe. I really thought about their texture and how well they would adhere using hot glue.

To make your own sensory board for babies you will need-

  • cardboard
  • hot glue gun
  • various safe textured items from around the house
Items that I included were –

bubble wrap, straws, cupcake wrappers, clean face washer, non-slip rubber, rock, wood, plastic from a sandwich bag, paper, card and fabric.

I arranged them on the cardboard and attempted to spread out the various senses. So, for example, I tried not to have all the ‘smooth’ textured items together but instead mix them up so there was variety.

Using a hot glue gun I stuck down each of the pieces, waited 24 hours for them to fix completely and checked each item for any movement. Double check that there are no pieces that can come away from the sensory board.

Babies engaging in a sensory board

Possum was instantly attracted to the board, as you can see. I think visually the board looked inviting because of the colours of the items and textures. It was also something interesting and new.

She instantly began using the board. Touching, rubbing, flicking, scratching and pulling were some of the ways she explored this board. She was exploring what she could visually see, hear and touch. It was a brilliant sensory exploration.

You can just image how different each piece felt to her. I also found this a great opportunity to talk with her about what was happening and how things felt by using key words to describe each item. Words such as ‘fluffy’, ‘smooth’, ‘scratchy’ were how I described some of these items.

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