After our homemade beach effort last week I realised just how much Baby R loves to explore natural everyday things, funnily enough I also came to this conclusion after 1/2 an hour of playing with the contents of a whole box of cereal he’d emptied on the floor yesterday while I got the dinner ready (thank Heaven for small mercies?)
He’s really not that interested in toys yet so I’ve gone back to the basics with some good old water play and rice in a tray in an effort to find different ways to entertain a 1 year old baby.
As you can tell he loves nothing more than splashing in the water, not content with sitting beside it, he got straight in. With a towel placed under it stop any slips when he moved around and luke warm water he was in his element. At 12 months there wasn’t any need for anything else, he was just as happy splashing with his hands and feet. I’d like to think that 9 months of baby swimming lessons have contributed to his love of water but I think it’s probably more to do with his love of the dog bowl.
Our next play session involved rice, spoons and scoops. We start in a tray, or on this occasion a dish, but it pretty soon ends up on the floor.
The best thing with the rice is I can join in and show him how to scoop it up and let it fall through your hands and with his whole transporting schema thing going on he loves moving it from the tray to the floor in hand fulls.
It was also the beginning signs of a containing schema (if you want to know more about schemas; the repeated patterns of play, Click here) as he preferred to climb right into the dish and play with the dry rice from there.
I love seeing how his little brain ticks over as he works things out, my favourite site for play time inspiration is The Imagination Tree, we often pop over there for ideas but If you’ve got some sensory play suggestions I’d love to hear.