Use items from around your home to make your baby a sensory hoop!
How does a sensory hoop help my baby?
The Frontal Lobe in a babies brain is important for sensory processing. Using a Sensory Hoop like this helps build brain neurons called synapsis as they touch different textures.
Sensory Hoops encourage tummy time for longer a duration and upper body strength and coordination when baby stretches their arm to reach for toys.
The older baby gets the more they will spin themselves, roll or crawl to the toy they want. These large body movements help lateral and bilateral movements. These movements are linked to left and right brain synapsis. These lateral and bilateral movements are the foundation for future cross-lateral moments and are fundamental in concreting left and right brain synapsis communication. Eventually the more the left and right brain talk the better a child’s literacy skills will be ready for school.
Hi my name is Sarah Courtney and not only am I a mum of 3 under 5, I am also an Early Childhood Teacher in Australia with over a decade of Teaching and Childcare experience. I’m sharing with you what I make for my own kids and how these homemade resources enhance specific parts of the brain preparing children for preliteracy education.
I hope you’re inspired to create a Sensory Hoop with what you have around your home to save your budget.
How To Make A Sensory Hoop:
Step 1. Find 7 teething toys or soft toys that can be threaded onto your hoop. I chose 2 musical, 1 soft bunny, 1 ball and 3 of his favourite teething toys. Make sure you choose toys that won’t break or are potential choking hazards.
Step 2. Buy a hoop that will fit the length of your baby. I can’t stress this enough to find a hoop that has space to fit your baby inside. I bought mine from the reject shop.
Step 3. If you have any random ribbons or materials like a bath sponge, sew these items first to your hoop.
Step 4. Using 7 different coloured scarves or large pieces of material tie one corner of the scarf around the hoop, then wrap and wrap until you get to the end. This is when you can loop a toy onto the end and using the next scarf to start the next wrapping as well as tying the toy firm. So that each toy tie is the start and then end of each scarf.
Step 5. Always try to place your baby on their tummy first when they use their Sensory Hoop. That way you are guiding them through play and encourages good habits for intentional body movement during play.
Step 6. I always recommend that when you see your baby touching a texture give them a word that describes what they are touching or doing and repeating it 3 times. For Example: “scrunchy, scrunchy, scrunchy” or “soft, soft, soft.” This puts meaning and purpose to a baby’s play. They are listening and learning and trying to make sense of what you have created for them. By communicating describing words it has a profound purpose to their play and supports speech development.
Enjoy this time with your baby!
Written By: Sarah Courtney, Blogger, Mumprenuer, Wife, Mum of 3, Early Childhood Teacher, Bachelor of Education; Early Childhood.