Your baby reaching their first birthday is a landmark and should be celebrated in style. However many parents spend weeks, even months trying to come up with a suitable birthday celebration theme. After all what else could you do to entertain a space brimming with one year olds?
A baby sensory party can be a great solution for tots which are suitable from newborn upwards. The additional bonus is that it doesn’t have to cost the earth. Most of the equipment you’ll need can be purchased or made cheaply. You may even find local companies who will supply everything you’ll need.
A sensory party is focused on that Senses.
- Some shallow trays. Toy box lids are a wonderful option.
- Dried spaghetti
- Glow at nighttime balls. These can be acquired from walk around stores for under A 1 each.
- Some blankets to produce a den (or a small tent when you have one).
- Dried rice and empty plastic bottles with lids.
- Corn Flour
- Lots of old sheets (preferably plastic sheeting, the plastic party table clothes you may get are fantastic).
First things first. Think about the room you’ll be holding the party in and set out 5 stations.
In the darkest corner construct your den. You want to allow it to be as dark as is possible and not completely covered. The parents will need to watch their little ones so it will be best to leave one whole side open.
Place several textured cushions inside den so your babies can experience different ‘feels’. Don’t use your best fabrics as they’ll undoubtedly get messy!
Add the glow-in-the-dark balls towards the den.
Station 2 – Jelly Tray
Simply make up your jelly depending on the instructions and pour straight into one of several shallow trays. Put in the fridge to set. Lay out a plastic sheet and place the set jelly in its tray around the sheet.
Station 3 – Spaghetti Tray
Cook the spaghetti as per the instructions. Run under cold water and pour into one of several shallow trays. Place the cold spaghetti in its tray over a plastic sheet.
Station 4 – Corn Flour Tray
Pour a little packet of corn flour in a shallow tray and add enough water to produce a thick, gloopy consistency. Place this in its tray on a plastic sheet.
Station 5 – Maracas
Pour some dried rice into clean, dry plastic bottles. Replace the lids tightly. You can decorate the bottles with wrapping paper if you want them to look more desirable.
Once you’ve put down your stations it is time to allow babies loose. It’s a good idea to cover what you don’t wish to get messy. Everything suggested in the following paragraphs is fairly an easy task to cleanup and also by using foodstuffs you don’t need to concern yourself with the toddlers putting things inside their mouths (that they inevitably can do).
Be imaginative and add numerous sensory rich items that you can think about.
Your one year old will love going through the new tastes, sounds and textures and is sure to have a fun, messy birthday.