Baby’s 1st Sensory Tub

I made this sensory activity for my daughter about a week ago and it’s been used daily since. She loves it , the colors, the sounds the blocks make in the dish and the different shapes and textures too. When you are thinking of activities for infants you must consider safety first and remember things that older children may be bored to tears with will probably be perfectly stimulating  for an infant or young toddler. As always remember you must supervise your kids carefully, especially infants.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need  a dish shallow enough for little hands to reach in,baby blocks of different size and/or shape and color. Most of our blocks are hard with a few squeaky blocks mixed in. Make sure you are comfortable with your baby mouthing the contents as that is the main way infants explore and they are big enough not to pose a choking risk.
  2. Have a helper pop them in the dish for you.
  3. Play.
  4. She loves it. It’s loud especially if you have them in a high chair and a wood floor. Label the blocks for them as they hold them, but let them explore without narration too. This is why you need to be ok with them mouthing the contents, it’s developmentally appropriate and feels especially good on teething gums. If they are not interested or turn their heads avoiding looking at the tub , remove it. An overstimulated infant is no fun for them or you and if it’s too much that’s ok. Snuggle, sing, read or go for a quiet walk.


  1. says

    How did she get so big already?!? Love the sensory tub already. I don’t think most people would think babies could enjoy something like that at an early age. Almost makes me want a baby around. Almost. 😉

  2. Amanda says

    omg I love the pictures here! She is so cute! I saw a gears and whatever high chair toy for kids for $20 and I was like I know if I put blocks in a bin, any kids is gonna think that’s fun – and we can buy other things way more fun! And Your daughter is my proof!

  3. Jessica says

    What are the hard blocks pictured? I’ve never seen them before, looks like they would be a lot easier for my 15 month old to put together than duplos.

    I have become a big fan of your blog. I value the way you take care to describe the process…things you think about, what your children do during the activity, how you interact with them. It’s very instructive and helpful!

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