My last sensory play post was really well received and as Christmas is now upon us I thought it would be fun to do a festive version too. Everything you will need for these ideas you are likely to already have. After all, this time of year can get expensive! As Freddie is getting older, I have found our days are much easier when I plan in a bit of structured play. Unfortunately at the moment Freddie’s toys of choice include cables, my laptop, the Christmas tree and heavy candles… Rather than getting frustrated after the third time he has attempted to suck the end of a cable, setting up a simple invitation to play provides a much safer distraction!
Everyone has a muffin tray knocking around don’t they? All you need for this activity is a muffin tray and some different sized baubles. Pop them into the tray and then let your baby explore. This is a great sensory play activity because it is simple to set up and the possibilities are endless! Freddie enjoyed taking all of the baubles out and then popping them back in. He also liked tipping the tray over and then looking at what was underneath. Picking up the smaller baubles is great for helping babies to practise their pincer grip too. Just make sure your baubles are fairly resilient to avoid any breakages! For a younger baby smaller baubles would work better as long as they aren’t small enough to be a choke hazard.
FESTIVE HIDE AND SEEK
Between eight and ten months of age, babies begin to understand the concept that when something disappears from view it has not disappeared forever. This activity is perfect as an extension of peek a boo. Freddie found it fascinating! I used these little pots from a party food set, but paper cups or even muffin cases would work just as well. Freddie was really pleased with himself when he worked out how to grab the baubles underneath the pots and it was great fun to play with him!
This one was tricky to photograph but probably the most intriguing festive addition for Freddie has been the different fairy lights around the house. At bedtime, we have been enjoying sitting in his room with just the Christmas tree lights on and reading a story. It seems to really keep him calm! Another idea is to put wire lights into an empty milk carton. It creates a really pretty glow and your baby can hold the handle of the bottle. It also stops them from wrapping the lights around their neck (
just like Freddie did last week…).
This sensory stocking captured Freddie’s imagination! Once he had worked out that there were various items inside, he was hooked. His favourite were the beads but you could add tinsel instead. I also popped in some bells, baubles, a soft Christmas figure and a Christmas mouse (don’t ask). The possibilities are endless for this one because you can change what is inside and use it again and again.
I know I will be setting up these activities multiple times before the big day because Freddie really loved it. It was so interesting to see him explore everything and it kept his attention for quite a while! Will you be trying any of these? I would love to know! If you want to check out another festive post, I recently posted a baby friendly Christmas treats post with a very easy cocktail hack for you!
Thanks for reading, Merry Christmas and see you on Sunday,