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 […]
Category: Baby Play
So it seems Florence has well and truly mastered the whole grasping thing. Just in time for the oh so glamorous Post Partum Hair Loss to kick in she’s become quite taken to grabbing handfuls of my hair! Over the last 3-4 weeks we’ve been […]
We’ve been practicing grasping with Florence recently and I’ve made some rainbow ribbon rings to incorporate into our play. They’re great for little hands and offer plenty of opportunities for clasping! Baby can grab the wooden ring itself or one of the ribbons.
It really is SO easy and you only need two things.
Ribbon in four different colours (We used 2 organza ribbons & 2 silk ribbons for a more varied sensory experience)
Step One: Cut your ribbons into 25cm lengths making sure you cut the ends at an angle to prevent fraying.
Step Two: Tie each length around the ring at the centre and double knot.
That’s it. Two steps. If you wanted to, you could glue the ribbons in place with a hot glue gun but it’s not essential.
Next time I make them I might add some jingle bells to them too!
Following on from last weeks light play, we’ve turned to a week of rainbow play exploring all things bright and colourful! First things first, I gathered together a couple of our rainbow coloured blankets to lay on the floor. We chose our rainbow spot Snugglebundl, […]
It’s safe to say Florence absolutely ADORES bath time! It is a key part of our daily routine and BOY do we pay for it if for whatever reason we skip it. Like me, a warm bubbly bath seems to completely relax her and get […]
We have been going to a baby sensory play class now for a few weeks and Florence absolutely loves it. Not only does it give her a chance to interact with other babies (all the goo-ing and gah-ing a girl could ask for) it also gives her a chance to discover new sights, sounds & textures. I’ve started to bring some ideas home for our every day play and this week was all about lights! It’s been a pretty gloomy couple of days here and so with the curtains drawn and the main lights off I was able to make our play space as dark as possible so we could make the most of the toys & light up bits and bobs.
We used our Star Master projector on both settings (it has two, one just plain white stars and one with flashing & moving colored elements and they can be used together or separately). She was transfixed by the twinkly stars on the ceiling but also liked just looking at the projector itself.
The Cable & Cotton lights were a real hit and Florence spent ages just looking at them as I moved them from side to side. We also explored their rough texture by running them over her hands.
I filled an empty Sprite bottle 1/5 of the way with water and then added two glow sticks to it & screwed the lid back on. We rolled it back and forth and watched the glow sticks move around in the water. We used the Poddle Pod to aid with some tummy time while we played and tracking the lights really helped to keep her head up and build that neck strength further.
The last light element of our play session was a little light up flashing star which I placed underneath the soft, bobbly blanket for it to shine through.
We also had some shakers & scrunchy toys to add some sound to our play.
This sensory session explored both the sight & touch senses with the addition of some shakers & scrunchy toys for sound. You could also sing or play some music in the background instead of adding the extra toys. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star & the In the Night Garden them tune would both be lovely fits.
I will be sharing our baby play adventures here each week & I’d love to hear your suggestions for different sensory play themes so please do leave a comment below if you have any.
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I mentioned in Florence’s last baby update that she is becoming more and more interested in toys and we incorporate play time into every single day – have done since she was just a couple of weeks old really. We’ve been taking some baby play […]