Playing might sound like fun but it actually performs a really important role in the development of babies and young children. As infants develop at such a rapid rate they need to be given plenty of opportunity to play, particularly with sensory toys that will expose them to a wide range of colours, shapes, sounds and textures to help them learn about the world around them. Much of what young babies learn is via touch and having their senses stimulated, so any toys that can do this will help accelerate their development. 

What is sensory play? 

Sensory play stimulates the senses of touch, sight, smell and hearing and well as using fine motor muscles. The benefits of sensory play include: 

  • Supports early development 
  • Enhances memory 
  • Builds neural pathways 
  • Is calming (parents love this one!) 

We’ve got a wide range of baby sensory gifts in our collection to help young minds explore and develop. If you are looking for baby gifts that will also aid learning, why not try one of the baby sensory gifts below?: 

Sensory toys to stimulate touch 

Leaf crinkle toy

Babies love to grab things, so rather than letting them reach for something dangerous such as your car keys, try this Leaf Crinkle Toy from Wee Gallery. The high contrast design will keep little ones interested and the crinkly crunchy sound is sure to be irresistible to curious babies. 

Sensory toys to stimulate sight Good night you, good night me book

It’s never too early to start reading to your baby, particularly when they can join in the sensory activities of a soft book such as this one from Wee Gallery. The Good Night You, Good Night Me Soft Book features bright, bold colours and happy faces to engage little ones, as well as a baby safe mirror so they can explore their own reflection. 

Who's in the Ocean bath book

Or, to make bathtime magical, why not try a book that changes colour in the water? Bring the oceanic characters in this Who’s in the Ocean Bath Book to life as the colours are revealed when submerged in water. 

Sensory toys to stimulate hearing 

Vroom, Zoom!

Life is full of wonderful sounds and some of the noises children love most are the ones that are the most alarming! This Vroom, Zoom! Here Comes the Fire Truck! Sound Book brings the sounds of the city to life, including a helicopter, taxi and fire truck each with their own unique sound. This makes a lovely sensory gift for children from birth onwards. 

Sensory toys to stimulate motor skills 

 

Peekaboo Organic Activity Pad

Children need to develop fine motor skills from an early age to help them with fiddly tasks such as writing and tying their shoelaces as they get older. One fantastic way to help them develop these skills is to provide tactile toys that they can engage with and explore their muscles and coordination. The Peekaboo Organic Activity Pad is a great sensory toy to help little minds and fingers to fine tune motor skills. Featuring crinkle flaps, contrasting colours and a pocket for hidden treasure, it’s a lovely and thoughtful sensory gift. 

Order baby sensory gifts and choose gift wrapping 

If you’re buying a gift why not take advantage of our gift wrapping service? Select ‘This is a gift’ when you add your product to the cart and you can add gift wrap and a beautiful card with personal message. Let us know where your gift needs to be sent and we’ll send it directly to your recipient. 

Please click here to browse our full range of baby sensory gifts and if you need any help please email us here. 

 

Vicky x 

October 11, 2021 — Master Account