SENSORY FOOD PLAY GAMES YOU CAN TRY AT HOME
Hide small pieces of chopped fruit and vegetables (such as blueberries, chopped melon, soft prunes and cucumber sticks) in a wide tray of rice Krispies. Encourage your baby to find them with their hands.
Print out an image of a rainbow (or a picture of anything else you like – it just needs to be multicoloured). Then place different coloured foods in front of your baby, such as grapes, berries and tinned sweetcorn, and if you have the time, also chop a few colourful vegetables such as carrots or beetroot. Ask your baby to match and then place each food colour on the colour of the rainbow.
Layout foods with different textures, such as breadsticks, plain crackers, rice cakes, cooked porridge, hummus, soft banana and avocado. Then help your baby snap or crush with their hands.
Shape and Colour Matching
Dip different shaped fruit and vegetables into the edible paint and make prints on to a sheet of white paper. To create different shapes, use star fruits, orange segments, halved apples, halved pears and kiwis.
Teddy’s Tea Party
Select five small shaped foods (such as raisins, peas, pasta shapes, rice Krispies and dried apricots) and mix together in a bowl. Lay out three to four plates for baby, mum, teddy and doll etc. Then encourage your baby to share out the food. This will be a good activity to help children develop pincer grip.