We are so thrilled to be working with one of our favourite Toy Brands again in the lead up to Christmas. If you’re a regular around here, you might remember that a few months back, Hape sent us an adorable set of bath toys to […]
Category: Baby Play
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know I am a massive fan of themed baby play. It is a fab way to introduce your little one to different toys & experiences and over the last few weeks, our play has been centered […]
This time last year, I published this post. We announced my pregnancy with Florence on the eve of Hallowe’en and I was so excited to be growing my own little pumpkin. Today, as Florence turns 5 months old, we’ve had a day jam packed full of pumpkin play so I thought I’d share some of our favourite pumpkin inspired play ideas right here. Afterall, while Hallowe’en may end at midnight to night, you can still use your pumpkins!
Pick Your Own Pumpkins
If you’re not familiar with the idea of picking your own pumpkins I have just one question for you – Where have you been?! We took Florence along to Pumpkin Moon, our local Pumpkin patch to pick our own and it was great fun. She loved riding in the wheel barrow and it’s a lovely family day out. If you’ve missed the boat this year, add it to your Autumn Bucket list for next year!
If your little one is anything like Florence, at 5 months old she loves to bash things! This one is super duper simple. All you need is a few Pumpkins, a range of different sized and textured ‘bashers’ (we went for spoons and plastic straws) and away you go. I started off by banging a spoon on the pumpkins in different patterns and getting her to watch and listen as I went. I sung to her and banged the pumpkins to the beat of the songs. Then I gave her the spoons & straws to explore and when she wasn’t trying to figure out why there was no food on the spoon, she had a good go herself too. She also liked to bash them with her hands.
Sensory Discovery Pumpkin
We’ve all heard of a discovery basket yes? Well, once I’d carved our pumpkins I took the lid off and filled the shell with some of her favourite toys and encouraged her to play at taking them out and putting them back in again. Once she’s a bit older, she’ll grasp this gae a bit better but she liked exploring all the different treasures I’d put in there for her and as an added bonus, she liked mouthing the edge of the pumpkin! I think it made for a good teether.
Pumpkin Guts Sensory Bag
STOP. RIGHT. THERE. Don’t throw away your Pumpkin’s innards! Grab a zip lock bag, take all the squishy slimey bits of pumpkin flesh along with some seeds and pop them in. You can use these for tummy time, grasping practice or stick them on the window and encourage baby to sit up. Take a look here for another Hallowe’en themed Sensory bag.
Indoor Jack o’ Lanterns
As you know, we love light play here and so with the tradition of making Jack o’ Lanterns at this time of the year and placing them outside for your trick or treaters, we thought we would bring them inside and replace the real tea lights with LED ones for extra safety. We turned off all the lights indoors, and Florence loved watching the lights flicker inside her pumpkins. We also added our starry light projector and some fairy lights to our play too.
Pumpkin inspired play gym
We have been using our Shnuggle Stand as a play gym for a couple of months now and we love the way we can change it up for each baby play theme we explore. This week, we hung paper pumpkin lanterns along with ghosts & bats and some sensory scarves for some Hallowe’en play. On the mat underneath, I placed some different coloured squashes & pumpkins for Florence to play with too. She explored the different textures, sounds, and tastes(!) – everything goes in her mouth these days – on offer.
We’ve had all the fun today making and playing with these Spooky sensory slime bags in the Spirit of Hallowe’en. They’re super duper easy to make and great for adding an extra element to our play. All you need is: A Zip Lock Bag A […]
With Autumn in fall swing, we have bought the colours & textures of my favourite season inside for some Autumn baby play, making use of some of our most loved toys too! Just like our garden play last month, this weeks play theme has been […]
I’d never heard of Skip Hop as a brand before, until my friend Jennie told me all about their baby toys. I’ve ogled at her Camping Cubs Play Mat each time we’ve visited! Last week, while on the hunt for toys to add to our Autumn Baby Play box, I found myself looking through their range on Amazon and came across their Bandana Buddies Fox. He would be perfect for this months play theme (I’m planning a post all about why we theme our baby play, so keep an eye out for that) and along with a set of the Skip Hop shakers I ordered one online.
‘Mr Fox’, as we so imaginatively call him, is a cute and cuddly activity toy packed with different features to stimulate your little ones senses. Visually, he is bright and colourful and is adorned with a variety of contrasting patterns (stripes, zig zags & shapes) which make for a fabulous feast for babies eyes. Florence is especially taken with the chevron pattern on his ears and loves to gaze up at him when we hang him from her pushchair hood or our make shift Shnuggle play gym.
As well as providing plenty to look at, the different fabrics used in his design offer lots of opportunities for baby to explore different textures. He has crinkly ears, a smooth & shiny nose, a fluffy tail and a silky body. The two teether elements – the removable bandana and the leaf are both bumpy. As Florence is in the habit of putting EVERYTHING in her mouth at the moment thanks to pesky teeth these are a really welcome feature! It’s safe to say this toy plenty to keep her little fingers busy.
Mr Fox also holds a little plastic ring with colored beads inside which make a lovely rattly sound when shaken. Along with the crinkly ears, this adds a fab noisy element and ticks off another sense.
One of the qualities I always look for in a good baby toy is the grab-ability factor – how easy is it for Florence to pick up by herself? The Bandana Buddies Fox has multiple grabbable (is that even a word?!) elements. His legs, tails, whiskers and ears are all the perfect size for little hands to get a hold of as well as the plastic loop rattle and the two teether parts too!
Overall, I have been super impressed with our Skip Hop Bandana Buddies Fox, he’s jam packed with activities to keep babies occupied for hours of play. He makes the perfect travel companion too and we’ve not left the house without him since we arrived. At £16 with free delivery on Amazon Prime, we think he is well worth the money and have our eye on the monkey version to add to Florence’s Christmas list.
There’s no question about it, being outside is all the sensory play a baby needs but when the heavens open & it’s a bit too chilly for our little poppet, we have decided to bring our outdoor garden play indoors. Instead of a blanket or […]
Wherever we go, be it baby classes, clinic, to friend’s houses there’s one thing everyone seems to be talking about and that’s tummy time! I’ll admit, to begin with I hardly ever placed Florence on her tummy, she wasn’t keen and I was nervous around […]