Babies love textures. I always find it fascinating to watch Little Miss F. brush her hands across an interesting new texture--the bumpy weave of an upholstered sofa, the teeth of a zipper or the silkiness of a scarf.
This project was inspired by Kate’s DIY Sensory Board at Laughing Kids Learn.
In planning this project I had a few goals in mind--I wanted to use materials readily accessible at home. I also wanted the materials to have some height so they were not all flat surfaces.
My husband suggested adding some crinkly paper to have a sound component. I then decided to use parchment paper to add this additional sensory aspect to the play.
LMF of course did some rearranging--the corrugated paper came off first.
The bubble wrap came off next.
I found she was most interested in the raised surfaces -- the two different corrugated papers, the parchment, the bow, and the ribbon.
While I included a piece of sandpaper and a swatch of felt Frankie really was not interested in either of those. The cotton ball, while a hit with LMF easily pulled, meaning: I needed to then get it out of LMF's curious hands. I wonder if a gauze material would offer a similar experience but be a less consumable consumable?
The following evening I adapted the box in response to her interests (with a much better job of hot glue on my part!). I also reworked my use of the clothespins to hold the foam packing paper in a raised position.
Here is the Plan:
Box top (I used a printer paper carton top)
Everyday materials highlighting different textures (I used:
Once you have your box, consider wrapping the edges with craft or wrapping paper to avoid accidental cardboard cuts.
Arrange the materials before gluing.
Hot glue items down & re-glue as needed.
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