Any time we have a good-sized cardboard box left over I try to do a fun project with it before it gets thrown out. Recently we did some cardboard box body painting. Because box + paint + toddler = a messy good time!
We did this in our master bathroom so that I could transfer Trevor to a bathtub as soon as he was done. He had a great time exploring the paint with his toes and his fingers!
He kept wanting me to add more paint, but that made for a slippery surface. Being the already unstable walker that he is I had to add something that would absorb some of the liquid. I shook some corn meal into the box on top of the paint. You could also use flour or cornstarch, but I thought the corn meal’s gritty texture would add a new layer to the sensory experience.
This is such a fun activity! It also promotes tactile discrimination and works on improving body awareness and balance.