Sensory activities can help babies meet their developmental milestones during the critical period of brain development from birth to age 5. “Sensory play is a natural way for infants and younger children to explore their environment by using all or some senses, such as sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste,” said Dr. Fadiyla Dopwell, developmental-behavioral pediatrician at Pediatrix affiliate Developmental Pediatric Services in Dallas. “As they explore the world around them, children are indirectly contributing to their developmental progress.” She shares some fun activities that can be done with items parents already have at home, like plastic bins filled with beans to stimulate sound and touch as well as pots and pans. “Banging pots and pans with a wooden spoon allows children to hear different types of sounds, make music to sing along with their nursery rhymes and develop their imaginative skills,” Dr. Dopwell said.
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