Sensory Play: Fun Things To Do During Tummy Time

Being a work-at-home mom gratefully affords me the opportunity to spend the majority of my day with Leo. I love witnessing him grow before my eyes and enjoy helping him to learn new skills – such as his newest one: rolling over from his belly to his back. The fun thing about his age right now is how easily amused he is and how everything around him is a wonder.

Now that Leo is able to roll from front-to-back, I can’t seem to keep him on his belly for very long. Therefore, I’ve been trying my best to find activities that keep him engaged during tummy time, which makes it more fun for the both of us.

Here are some enjoyable sensory activities to do during tummy time. NOTE: These all involve some basic household items and are best practiced when your baby has good head control.

  1. Mess-Free Finger Painting: Grab a freezer bag, a white sheet of paper, and some acrylic paints. Squirt a few dollops of paint in various colors on top of the sheet of paper while it is in the bag before closing it up. Place your baby on his/her tummy and place the bag of paint in front of them. He/she will be fascinated by the colors.
  2. Mirrors: Place your baby on his/her tummy and place a glass-less mirror at his/her eye level. Raising the mirror higher or lower than eye level will keep your baby engaged and allow him/her to practice their head control.
  3. Ice Bag: Place your baby on his/her tummy and place a zip-loc bag with a few ice cubes in front of them. He/she will enjoy the cold sensation.
  4. Muffin Tin: Place your baby on his/her tummy and place a muffin tin pan with a few centimeters of water in a couple of the tins in front of them. He/she will enjoy the wet sensation.
  5. Books: Place your baby on his/her tummy and place a book in front of them. Colorful pictures or textured pages are a bonus.

Other Sensory Activities

Some additional sensory fun that doesn’t necessarily have to be done during tummy time include:

  • Sitting your baby in a bouncer or an assisted seat and blowing bubbles around them. Leo loves this activity and this seat is helping him to learn to sit up.
  • Using a soft blanket to roll your baby into and out of tummy time. This also helps your baby to learn to roll from back-to-belly.
  • Playing on the floor with textured balls. We have these for Leo and also use them to teach colors aloud.
  • Fill a clean water bottle with glitter and water and shake it in front of or give it to your baby to use as a rattle. (Make sure the cap is hot glued on to the bottle if you choose to go that route.)

Got any more suggestions for fun sensory activities? Share with me in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “Sensory Play: Fun Things To Do During Tummy Time

  1. My kids love sensory bags. These are plastic bags filled with some hair gel and small toys or items with different textures. My son loves smashing them (he’s 3) and my daughter (less than 1) tries to chew on it and poke at the little toys. I love the idea of the finger painting!

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