Thursday, July 16, 2015

Experiencing Salt Dough

Since we are still adjusting to a nap schedule, there are often times where one baby is awake while the others are sleeping. It's so nice to be able to spend some one on one time with each child and learn more about them. Last week, I made some salt dough and gave F a handful to explore.


First he held the dough in one hand and took a good look at it. Then he discovered that he could squeeze it in his hand and break it apart into smaller pieces.  His eyes watched his hands and the dough closely as the texture changed as he manipulated it.






After a few minutes of breaking the dough apart and squishing it back together, F brought it to his mouth for a taste! He seemed surprised and interested in the texture and the strong salty taste, but quickly removed it.  Young infants explore the world with all of their senses.  Since they are still new and developing, their senses are more refined than they will be later in life and they feel everything more strongly.  By offering a wide variety of sensorial experiences, the child is able to develop a refined sense for the world around them as they begin to categorize it for later use. 


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