Babies learn about the world through touching. When they touch and also when they suck is how they know textures, sizes and shapes. Is through touching that some important abilities are developed: fine motor skills, object manipulation, movement planning and coordination.
Toys and touching games help babies to explore their senses. I took advantage of my “inner teacher” and the fact that we are on vacation to reuse some materiales and create a texture mat. Below you can check the materials and the tutorial.
- A piece of cloth of 24×18 inches.
- 6 empty wet tissues packages.
- Hot glue.
- Textures (I chose googly eyes, buttons, balloon, corrugated paper, colored cotton balls, wool and play-doh).
a. First I cut all the tops from the wet tissues packages.
b. Then, I paste each top in the piece of cloth leaving about 2 inches of space between each one. I also left a row in the bottom to add more in the future.
c. After that, I paste every texture inside every top.
d. I let it dry and time to play!
My baby is still in an oral stages so she wanted to suck the tops. In general however, she loves it. She still cannot open each top by herself, but she knows very well inside of them there is something she wants to explore. She also shows a lot of curiosity about touching the objects. When we use it, I sit down with her and I talk about how does the textures feel and look.
The mat is a nice project that shows how withsome simple materials we can create a stimulation game. There is also awesome toys in the market that serve the same purpose. I will leave on the links below the ones I like the most. It is relevant to note though that the most important gift is the time and attention we dedicate to our little ones.
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