Now that Paige is sitting pretty well and loving to explore things with her hands (and mouth too of course), I wanted to start making her more Treasure Baskets. Yesterday I made her her first color-themed Treasure Basket.
I gathered up a bunch of baby-safe items that were all the color blue for her to play with. Our blue basket had a soft block, a cup with lid, a bowl, a spoon, a stacking cup, a stacking ring, a sensory ball, some shapes from a shape sorter, those linking rings, a couple of washcloths and a burp rag. You can use whatever objects you want for this. It’s very open-ended.
Paige had a lot of fun playing with all the blue stuff. In a week I’ll probably rotate these items out in favor of a new color.
Sometimes we forget that the most basic sensory experiences are the most valuable, and the most fun. We went to the park the other day and Paige just loved the grass. The look of wonder in her eyes was priceless. I loved seeing her little fingers explore the green blades.
And now that Trevor is getting stronger I’m realizing that he missed out on some of these basic experiences. He’s spending more time out of his braces and I’m learning just how sensitive his feet are. He has a major sensory defensiveness issue with his bare feet. So as Paige discovers some of these new, basic sensory experiences, I’m encouraging Trevor to try and enjoy them too.
Sometimes the simplest things are the best things.
Laundry basket rides are a fun way to work on gross motor skills (core strengthening) and vestibular processing as well. Now that Paige is sitting well with support we’re doing a lot of sitting activities to help her develop that core strength so she can sit unassisted. Since laundry basket rides are one of Trevor’s favorite core strengthening activities I thought it would be fun for Paige to try it out too!
She loved it, as you can see from her smile 🙂 She enjoyed the slow and steady ride. Trevor, now that he’s stronger, likes going side to side, playing stop and go, and playing slow and fast in the laundry basket.
What everyday objects do your kids like to use as toys?
I first saw the idea of creating Treasure Baskets on another blog, The Imagination Tree. I fell in love with the idea of gathering up everyday objects for little ones to explore! So now that Paige is 4 months old and reaching for everything I thought it would be a great time to create her first Treasure Basket.
All I did was grab a basket we had lying around the house (you could also use a storage bin or even a cardboard box, this idea is so adaptable) and filled it with different types of fabric. I used washcloths, burp rags, kitchen towels, etc. They were all of varying textures, sizes, and colors. I chose to create a fabric basket first because Paige has been loving chewing on material lately. It was fun to watch her explore the different materials and she definitely enjoyed it too 🙂
I also varied her positions as she explored the material so she could work on her gross motor skills too. I sat her in her Bumbo and also lay her on both her back and tummy while giving her the different treasures.
I look forward to creating new Treasure Baskets as she grows!
One thing I’ve learned in dealing with Trevor’s motor delays is that you’ve got to get creative. When I first had Trevor I assumed Tummy Time meant lying stomach-down on a mat, and that was it. Due to his hypotonia he hated Tummy Time and screamed pretty much the second he was placed face down on the ground. At first that meant we didn’t do a lot of Tummy Time. But eventually I ended up learning some alternative ways to do Tummy Time. I actually still do this activity with Trevor to work on strengthening his weaker core muscles, but it is also an excellent activity to do with your baby! And with Paige being my second child she is lucky enough (or unfortunate enough, depending on how you look at it, lol) to take part in these activities from the get-go. For the most part I’m more laid-back this time around. But when it comes to motor development I have a little parenting PTSD, and so Paige gets tons of Tummy Time.
The best way for a child to enjoy Tummy Time I’ve discovered is to get them up off the ground. Being on the ground and not being able to move themselves is frustrating. So dig out that old exercise ball that you never use and put you baby on it! It’s a great way for them to strengthen their muscles. If you have a mirror down low like we do, have your baby do this in front of the mirror. Babies love looking in mirrors! If you don’t have a mirror down low, position yourself or someone else in front of your baby so they have someone to look at. Babies love looking at faces too.
Paige coos and smiles at herself when we do this. She loves it! Although given her age, she only loves it for short periods of time 😉 But it’s a fun alternative to the traditional method of Tummy Time. I’m looking forward to sharing other Tummy Time activities too!
(And I’m sure I don’t have to say this, but make sure you hold on tightly to your baby, as they are up off the floor.)