I’m afraid I haven’t had much time for crochetlola recently as we have recently had a new addition to the family! At only 3 months old I haven’t really had much time for any of my own creative projects. however we have had lots of fun with messy play.
Custard, jelly and angel delight baths aside we have also had a lot of fun with hand, foot painting and salt dough!
The point of messy play is to help a baby start to explore the world around them. Improve cognitive development, self confidence, fine motor skills and communication and language development.
I have also been making some toys to help my little one explore the world… I got the idea from the blog the imagination tree and decided to make some discovery bottles. These were really fun to make and made with stuff I had around the house.
This one was made with green poster paint and bubble bath. Every time it is shaken it produces bubbles
For this one I used orange poster paint and olive oil. The oil separates giving it really interesting effect while teaching about liquid density.
For this bigger bottle I used dried pasta, chilli flakes, dried basil and some buttons. The sound is a very loud booming rattle!
For this I used an old cocoa tub and put different textured and coloured ribbons in the inside poking through holes on either side. They are knotted at different lengths teaching cause and effect. each time one side is pulled the other side must draw back into the tub.
I did think about covering the tub with some pretty paper but my little one seems very attracted to the colour red so I figured to a baby that is a pretty pattern. I would also just like to say that all lids are tightly sealed with strong glue on the inside making them safe and unopenable.
The other thing I have been creating for her is a treasure basket. I first discovered these at baby peep. An early education class held at the local sure start children’s centre.
You can find more out about them here treasure baskets. There is also more information about them on the imagination tree website I linked to above.
For her first basket at home I decided to rummage through the house and find some bright and different textured objects. I chose … a black fan with a bright painting on, a crochet doily, a multicoloured crochet burp blanket, a flannel, some chevron fabric, some cotton fabric, a dry rough sponge and card of two different textures. I chose these items as baby is still to young to clasp large objects and toys but has a fascination with fabrics… constantly licking any clothes or blankets that she is near.
Once every few days I will prop her up near the basket and let her explore the items by herself (this normally involves licking and sucking them) then in a week or two I will change the items to a different theme… such as all natural… all black and white… all silver.
all proof that a baby does not need expensive toys or educational dvds to help them learn and enjoy themselves.
does anyone else have any suggestions for DIY baby toys or even messy play ideas? if so comment below.
Why are these not in my size!