5 Sensory Activities for Babies & Toddlers

sensory activities for babies & toddlers

If you’re missing your sensory play programs at the library, here are five ideas from Children’s Specialist Margaret Lake (of Crozet Library’s It’s Bin Fun Sensory Play fame) that you can do with many household items that you may already have on hand.

  1. Fill a large bin with dry beans.  When the child is done playing, snap on the lid and slide the bin under a bed.
  2. Put two primary color paints in a gallon Ziploc bag.  Use packing tape to tape the bag to a low window, such as a sliding glass door.  Or you can tape it to a table. The child can press on the bag to mix the paint and scribble lines and circles.
  3. Lay a blanket on the floor and place the child in the center.  Two adults can each grasp two corners and lift the child from the floor.  Then you can do some gentle swinging and bouncing.
  4. Hold the child on your lap and sing some songs. Some fan favorites include: Itsy Bitsy Spider, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Pat-a-Cake, and Yankee Doodle.
  5. Put some dry instant mashed potatoes in a large bowl.  The child can play with them dry.  When they start to get bored with that, gradually add water so they can explore it at different consistencies.  You can also add food coloring at different stages.


Early literacy challenge

Did you know 34 percent of children entering kindergarten lack the basic language skills needed to learn how to read?girlreadingwmom_180949925

Join the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (JMRL) in the quest to build early literacy skills by participating in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge!

How does the challenge work? It’s simple…read!

First, pick up the ‘reading log’ worksheet at any JMRL location or download it online at www.jmrl.org, then color a square on the log for every book you read.

After reading 50 books, bring the worksheet into the library to receive a folder to hold your program materials. After 100 books, participants will receive a tote bag and a sticker for the worksheet.

When you finally reach 1000 books, take home a free book and a certificate of achievement!

If participants get an extra sticker for doing the early literacy activity on each worksheet, they will also receive an extra prize after finishing the program.

For more information, visit the JMRL website at http://www.jmrl.org.

Summer 2019 programs announced!

Wish you had a list of all the amazing events happening this summer at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (JMRL)?Beyond the Books Summer 2019 front cover

Your wish has been granted!

Beyond the Books – Summer 2019 edition is now available at your local library branch and on the JMRL website!

The guide serves as a great resource for patrons of all ages to check out what’s happening at the library from June until August.

  • Some activities you will find include,
  • Developing early literacy skills with young children,
  • Book clubs,
  • Bilingual storytimes,
  • Food tastings,
  • Movies,
  • Technology tutorials,
  • Painting workshops,
  • Game nights,
  • Origami making,
  • Yoga,

And so much more.

Some of the activities require registration, so don’t delay in checking out what’s available.

Summer programming is funded by the JMRL Friends of the Library.

For more information about upcoming events at JMRL, visit www.jmrl.org.