This weekend I found myself in a situation that I’ve been in more than I’d like to admit. We were spending some time at home and my rambunctious toddler was “exploring.” She was literally into anything and everything she could get her hands on. When this happens, I usually try to find something to occupy. I assume she is bored and just trying to find something to play with.
Here’s my situation. She’s running around like a mad woman, pulling things out of drawers. And I’m on my iPad frantically looking at Pinterest ideas of how to entertain a one-year-old. Poor timing, I know. This usually ends in a time-out for Baby Bell and me feeling defeated. I never have the supplies or ingredients needed to create a fun and entertaining activity. The other problem is that she wants to taste everything. YES, I have that typical “put everything in my mouth” kid. UGH!!! This is so frustrating. I honestly can’t trust her with anything.
Well, this time was a little different because I had Flick with me to help distract her while I searched Pinterest. It was like a dark thunder cloud opened up and the angels began to sing. I found it: the perfect non-toxic, edible, play dough. Not to mention, it’s good for your skin.
Baby Bell and I sat in the floor and mixed together the ingredients as Flick handed them to us. She had a blast mixing everything together. After we had it all mixed, we proceeded to play. The three of us played with the dough for at least half an hour, using cookie cutters, plastic cutlery, and straws.
We used a long, shallow plastic storage tub to control the mess. If you don’t have one of these, you need to get one. They are great for sensory play. We use it all the time.
Besides water, beans, and dough, what are your favorite sensory activities? We’d love to hear ideas of how you entertain your little one.