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Infant: Shake, Rattle, and Roll

Infants learn about the world and objects through repeated experiences and hands-on exploration.

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The more infants are able to explore objects through open-ended play with sensory rich materials they will be able to learn about the world around them. 

As infants touch, feel, see, and hear their brains are processing information at a rapid rate. Infants are huge sensory learners and providing a myriad of objects with varying sounds, textures, heights, and feelings will increase their ability to understand all of these concepts.


For this developmental activity you will need:




Musical Shaker

Soft blocks


Learning Outcomes


Language, Physical


While exploring materials they will enhance their sense, hand eye coordination, and creativity.


Geometry and Spatial Sense, Measurement and Data, Patterns, Sorting/Classifying, Reasoning, Observation and Inquiry, Curiosity, Initiative, and Risk-Taking Creative Thinking, Problem-Solving, Reasoning, Attention, Engagement, and Persistence.


Step 1:

Place a basket for the children to explore. 

Step 2:

Place the kaleidoscope, a ball, rattle, musical shaker, and soft blocks inside the basket. 

Step 3:

Encourage the children to reach in and grab an object to play with and explore. They might shake the rattle, try mouthing the blocks, roll the ball in different ways, or move the kaleidoscope from hand to hand.

Playful Questions

Is this ball soft or hard? 

Can you shake this rattle? 

Is this music shaker loud or soft? 

Can you stack the blocks? 

Do you like this sound?

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