Peaceful Baby has been a bit under the weather this week. Congestion, cough, restless sleep, the works. This mama finally got the hint yesterday and planned a day of no plans so we could both rest up. PB is extremely curious and adventurous, and as such has been getting into everything lately. It seems she’s ready to experiments with things like crayons, play dough, and other tactile activities. Yesterday we played with yarn and beans. The first was not my idea (yarn bandit strikes again!), and the second was something only slightly more structured. Both were a bit messy and a lot of fun!
Fortunately, I had this yarn out for a non-knitting craft project, so it didn’t really bother me that it got all tangled up. It kept PB happily engaged while I worked at my craft project (more on that next week), and that’s a gift for both of us!
Later in the day, PB had gotten into the food storage and was toting around a bag of dry lentils. I thought we’d see what happened if I poured them out into a container. I know how much I enjoy the feel of burying my hands in things like sand, a bin of buttons, yarn…
This was an incredible, simple activity that kept her engaged for ages in toddler time. Sure, she put a couple in her mouth. Yes, there were lentils flung about into the far corners of our kitchen. But I could just see her mind working, taking in the sensations, experimenting with sorting, dropping, digging, and other cause/effect moments. I love that she wondered what it would feel like to put her toes into the lentils and did just went for it.
Do you have any simple tactile activities you’d like to share? Resources for ideas? I’d love to check them out!