Sensory Sessions Hoop Awards Finalist 2018

We’re very excited here at the Sensory Sessions HQ as we’ve been nominated as finalists for the 2018 Hoop Awards in the “Best for Babies Edinburgh” category.  In Hoop’s own words, these awards “celebrate and recognise the activity organisers and people that go above and beyond to entertain, educate and inspire children across Britain.” As we’re only 2 years old (we had our 2nd birthday party just a few weeks ago) this is a high accolade and hopefully reflects the hard work put in by all involved, and the kindness and loyalty of all our lovely Mums and Dads who bring their babies to our classes each week.  We hope to continue to rub-rub-rub tap-tap-tap along and see our wonderful babies develop and grow with us.

 

sensory play class edinburghOur glitter sensory bottles have been really popular in our classes over the past few weeks and we are looking forward to showing them to many more of the little ones still to attend our superhero sessions over the coming weeks. We have lots of enquiries about how to make them so thought we’d do a little post on it.

These bottles are perfect for little hands to hold and a glitter sensory bottle is such a good way of calming down a little one down, it is a relaxing visual activity, great at calming a stimulated child. Our glitter sensory bottles are full of sparkle and are really easy to make.

sensory play Edinburgh

The bottles use 2 ingredients – glitter glue and water.

To make them, boil a kettle and leave it to cool. Mix 60ml of glitter glue with the same amount of warm water in a measuring jug. Stir the mixture until there is no evidence of the glue and it is a watery/sparkly mixture (this only takes a minute or two). Pour the sparkly mixture into your bottle and allow it to cool down completely before topping the bottle up with cold water. Once you are sure that the glitter moves in the jar, seal the lid with glue.The glitter glue we used for our bottles was from glitz it and one bottle of their glitter makes 2 sensory bottles.

If your glitter mixture doesn’t move, pour it back into your measuring jug, add some more water and stir it again. Once you have the glitter more mobile you can move it back into your bottle. The glitter settles when the bottle is not in use but it is easy to activate it again by shaking. We’ve made up glitter sensory bottles in purple, pink, silver, gold, green, copper and blue and the colours have all worked well.

glitter sensory bottle

Please make sure that you never leave your little one unattended with their glitter sensory bottle, we glue our bottles closed in class but do make sure that those bottle tops are going nowhere near mouths. Enjoy watching them being fascinated by the glitter it really does help their concentration levels and is a lovely calming visual activity.

 

 

 

 

Sensory play is amazing and it has so many benefits for our little ones!

Research has shown that it helps children build pathways in their brain that are associated with complex learning tasks and that it is crucial to brain development. So coming along to class and doing some of the activities at home are really benefiting your little one’s brain development.

sensory play EdinburghWhen we plan all of our classes we consider the eight developing senses of our babies and toddlers attending class as well as their gross motor movement and fine finger control and we make sure that at each session we give our little ones the opportunity to engage each sense. We theme our classes so you’ll find each one different within our familiar format of led play and exploratory play.

benefits of sensory play

 

Our classes have been developed by an occupational therapist trained in sensory integration with babies and are backed by research and evidence. Our class leaders have received intensive trainings and follow class plans.

We love to give you lots of information at class about how to continue this at home and we are looking forward to launching our range of child development printable next month that gives you lots of advice and activities to do. You also get the opportunity to join our community group to access information on our classes.

Please do get in touch if you need any further information from us!

 

 

baby class LeithOn Tuesdays you’ll find our sensory play classes hanging out in Leith. We run our classes from Out of the Blue Drill Hall on Dalmeny Street in the Cutting Room. The venue has the added benefit of a lovely cafe right outside the door of our room for coffee, lunch and cake before and after class.

Our Leith classes often have waiting lists and we’ve added some more classes to our timetable to help with this. From Autumn we’ll be running four classes including one for our toddlers.

baby class Leith

Our sensory play classes are colourful, themed and each class focuses on your little one’s sensory development. We’ll give you lots of information on play and child development and lots of ideas of activities that you can do at home too. You’ll also join a community of new parents in Edinburgh sharing information and arranging meet ups. You can book onto any of our classes by visiting our booking site.

We’d love to welcome you along to our sensory play classes in Leith!

This week in class we’ve been talking a lot about visual development during our black, white and red theme. We’ve got some ideas of black and white resources for playing with your baby to share with you that we find helpful and we’d love to hear about any resources that you discover too.

When our little ones are born they initially see in black and white (light and shade), the receptors that interpret colour start to interpret colour on a very basic level from about 3 months of age. We can really help them along by introducing them to high contrast images and fabrics that they can see in focus. This video from seeker daily explains how your little one’s vision develops

How Newborns See The World

Here’s how newborns see the world.

Posted by Seeker on Wednesday, 22 February 2017

They then work on developing the skills of teaming their eyes together and around the age of 4 or 5 months they start to work on developing their hand to eye co-ordination. Over the first year of life they are developing their colour scheme and we know that the first colours that they start to see are reds and yellows. By the age of two their visual systems are nearly fully developed with little ones being able to judge distance, identifying objects and discriminating items against backgrounds.

During our classes we have activities to work on lots of visual skills including focusing, tracking, teaming eyes together, visual discrimination, peripheral vision, binocular vision and hand to eye co-ordination and we’d love to share some ideas below on how to help your little one’s visual development.

How to incorporate black and white into play

Black and white books

We love high contrast books as they are a great way to introduce high contrast and they are perfect for tummy time. You can find books by companies like amazing baby  that are shown below, Marks and Spencer’s has a cardboard book range, one of which you saw in class this week, and the Wee Gallery do some lovely contrast cards too.

Black & White Resources for playing with your baby

Black and white fabrics

Our favourite place for black and white fabrics is Ikea where you can buy a small section of a high contrast design fabric really cheaply and these are ideal for tummy time. They also do a little range of cushions and pillows too.

black and white fabrics

Black and white toys

We love our black, white & red chiffons, zebra & panda puppets and toys that have lots of different textures in. Here are a couple of suggestions

black and white baby toys

Our black and white contrast cards

We have developed a printable with black and white contrast cards and some ideas of how to use them that you are very welcome to print and use.

sensory sessions contrast cards

Have lots of fun with these black & white resources and do try to incorporate high contrast images for your little one’s visual development. As always please ensure that your little one is supervised with toys at all times – keep them at eye sight and arms reach to ensure that they are safe.

Have a great week!