Sensory items: yarn, ribbon, pool noodles, sponges, luffas, rattles, textured fabrics, etc.*
Optional: Scissors and tape
*To avoid a choking hazard, only use items that cannot pass through a toilet tissue roll
1. Begin by wrapping your hoop with fabric or yarn to cover the hoop.
2. Attach your other items that will be hanging from the hoop. Items can be securely fastened with a string. There is no right or wrong way to create your sensory hoop. You want to be able to provide your infant with multiple sensory opportunities.
3. Once hoop is completed, place your infant into the center ring on his tummy.
4. Encourage your child to touch the items on the hoop. Items on the hoop can always be interchanged to offer a different experience.
Curious about your child’s development? All children develop at their own pace, but the Center for Disease Control’s developmental milestones can be a helpful guideline. Here are a few examples:
Additional family resources
Learning begins at birth. ECA provides foundations for learning, starting with age-appropriate experiences for infants, toddlers, and preschool. ECA also offers a range of family support programs that encourage family involvement with children’s learning.
This free texting service provides quality, developmental information for parents and caregivers of children prenatal to age eight right to your phone. Messages include research-based, age-appropriate content from national experts, along with local updates of events and resources.
Your local library has many resources for you as a parent as well as for your child. We encourage you to take advantage of all they have to offer. For an online list of libraries by city, go to publiclibraries.com/state