The five senses are important to a baby’s development. They learn and discover through touching, tasting, smelling, seeing and hearing. Sensory play and exploration helps with the development of the senses.
In fact we are always learning and discovering the world through the five senses.
Timothy and I attend classes with many encouraging, guiding and promoting sensory play which will help with his development.
At our Baby Sensory class the teacher as part of one of the activity had made some Pat Mats.
The Pat Mats or a Pat Mat is simply a laminating pouch which is filled normally with a liquid substance and may contains objects that can be moved around.
The teacher encouraged the parents to try and make a Pat Mat of our own.
I have made two and used my old iron to seal up the edges. One Pat Mat I included berry cordial to create a festive feel with the green and red sequins and glitter. The second I used water and created more of a colourful feel.
Around the edges of my secured laminated pouch I added some colourful tape.
Timothy has enjoyed the Pat Mats I have made for him. They are even perfect for meal times as they can be easily wiped clean. The crinkly sound is also a popular choice with many babies including Timothy.
I’m not sure how much a Pat Mat would be to make at home probably very little and most people have many items lying around their homes which can be utilised.
Assisting a young child with their development doesn’t have to cost lots if money. If you can’t afford classes or it isn’t something which would work at the moment there is no reason why you can’t be creative for very little at home. Being creative is actually very therapeutic and can actually make you feel good creating a sensory aid for your baby.
Happy Saturday Friends!