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.


Local professors to visit JMRL for college chat

The transition from high school to college can be tricky to navigate. Get a head start at the Professors’ Tips for the College Bound chat at the Gordon Avenue Library on Wednesday, March 11 at 7pm.

During this insightful talk, authors and local professors Dana T. Johnson and Jennifer E. Price will outline some of the important concepts in their book “Will This Be on the Test? What Your Professors Really Want You to Know About Succeeding in College”.

As an experienced college professor, Price said that succeeding in college is more than just being book-smart.

“Over the years, colleagues and I have noticed students coming to college with less knowledge than ever about their professors’ expectations and of college in general,” Price said.

“The educational system in college is very different from that of high school, and most college freshmen expect it to be similar.”

The book focuses on how students can meet their professors’ expectations and how to develop healthy academic habits in college.

Price said only about 60% of students who begin college are expected to graduate within six years, and far fewer will graduate within four years.

“With high price tags on college tuition, room, and board, the cost of a few extra semesters or of beginning a degree with nothing to show for it is unfortunate,” she said.

“Simply understanding what is expected of you and having a plan for how to meet those expectations will greatly increase your chances of success.”

Community college students planning to transfer to a four-year college, current college students, and younger high school students are also invited to attend this chat and utilize the advice.

The Gordon Avenue Library is located at 1500 Gordon Avenue, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903.

For more information, visit jmrl.org.

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Spring Seed Swap & Workshop: March 8

Central Library will be hosting a Spring Seed Swap & Workshop on Sunday, March 8 at 1:30pm!

Attendees can bring seed to swap and/or learn about starting plants from seed with experienced Piedmont Master Gardener, Fern Campbell! Fern will give a seed starting demonstration and be on hand to answer questions.

This event is open to new and experienced gardeners.

Central Library is located at 201 East Market Street, Charlottesville, Va 22902.

For more information, check out the Facebook event.

Facebook Central Spring Seed Swap