Following on from my post Baby toys on a shoestring I’ve updated Baby R’s treasure baskets with some more homemade and natural play things. As he is developing, so are his play preferences and I’m always on the lookout for new sensory activities, with Pinterest being my main source of inspiration (check out my Baby & Toddler play Pinterest boards) And The Imagination Tree My main aim for any treasure basket items are to use everyday things that can be recycled. I’m a boxes and bottles hoarder ( it must be in the genes as my sister recently confessed to owning 20 small Lucazade bottles, just incase!) which leads me nicely onto my first item….
- Ever noticed how babies love to pull every baby wipe out of the packet?
Given the opportunity, Baby R will happily sit and extract every wipe from the packet and as they’re such a precious commodity in our house (I’m compiling a list of all the things I’ve ever used a baby wipe for, so far I have 27!) I’d rather he didn’t waste them all, so I’ve cut a hand sized hole in the top of a shoe box and stuffed it full of ribbons and material (mainly my scarf collection). Baby R can them pull the scarfs through to his heart’s content. Used tissue boxes are perfect for this as the hole is already pre-cut and smaller brightly coloured baby wipe sized material is better for smaller hands.
- Discovery bottles have always been a favourite of mine and I found the perfect shape and size for shaking, rolling and biting. This was an old Bio Oil bottle. I removed the pouring stopper, filled with red lentils and glitter then wrapped a textured ribbon around it.
My final activity was something I wanted to help him with Baby R’s pincer grip. He’s very ‘grabby’ at the moment, reaching out and wanting to touch and explore everything in sight so to support his sensory desires, I filled a baking tray with uncooked rice, laundry bottle lids and some small weaning pots. He dived straight in with both hands, picking up handfuls of rice, I did have to scoop a few out of his mouth, but once he’d had a few tastes and worked out what it was, he carried on exploring with his hands. I scooped and sprinkled the rice and he loved watching it fall into the tray getting the visual and auditory sensory effects.
I’m constantly on the look out for new items, I’d love to hear any ideas you have and what your baby loves to play with, batteries not included.