Just Let Me Play
Infant Sensory Provocations
Valentina is now 5 months (22 weeks). She loves to explore and is very curious about the world around her. She is sitting up, crawling, and is beginning to sign "more" "up" and learn to signal for more "milk". She and I have been attending various play groups indoors and outdoors and we really are enjoying the cooler summer days for outdoor story times! This month, Valentina and I are attending EarlyON Busy Babies program and we are just so happy to meet so many other wonderful families and friends!
As many of you know, I document Valentina's learning and milestones using her hand written journal along with a learning portfolio ( just like the one I would use in my kinder classes). Here is a sample of one of her favourite provocations and learning stories.
1. shallow water tub
2. tearless bath soap
3. hollowed fruit frozen (cut in half, save the middle, and put water into the halves and freeze) with water over night (try oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, watermelons) be cautious of safety (no small pieces of fruit or ice, safe non toxic soap, food allergies)
4. 1/4 of water into the tub
Sensory: Valentina explores frozen fruit
Valentina crawls up to the water tub and looks at the outside of the tub and observes the other child exploring the space. Mommy is behind her watching her interactions.
Valentina is eager to hear the splash of the water! She crawls up to the water tub and quickly dips her hand into the cold water. She notices the bubbles and starts to kick her legs with excitement!
Mommy and Valentina begin to explore the materials in the water. Mommy picks up the grapefruit and Valentina instantly notices the bright colour and touches the inside. Mommy repeats the words grapefruit, wet, and ice.
Mommy puts the grapefruit to Valentina's nose to smell. She puts her nose closer and wants to grab it. She is beginning to realize the use of her senses - and her nose was used to smell the fruit and the soap! At this point, she is very wet and heads into the water tub!
Valentina grabbed the grapefruit and put it in her mouth (using her own grasp). She made a squishy face. I guess it tasted like soap! Next steps, we are going to change the temperature of the water and or try lemons and limes!