Most babies enjoy emptying things out, whether this is their change bag, the laundry basket or the coal scuttle. A favourite is pulling wipes out of the packet, especially if you are in a rush, it’s your last pack and all the shops are shut.
A way to head this off is by having a treasure basket. This is a small basket full of safe household items that your baby can empty out, explore and put back in as much as they like. Provided that you change the items now and then, this can be very exciting for your baby and distract them away from things you’d rather they didn’t play with.
Another option is to make a toy that can be played with in same way as a packet of wipes, where baby can pull long pieces of fabric out of a box. The toy below offers exactly that. One note of caution – baby does need to be supervised with this toy as they may get fabric or trailing threads tangled round their necks or fingers.
Week 4: Pull-everything-out box
What you need:
♣ An empty tissue box
♣ Pieces of different fabrics, socks or strips of paper.
What to do:
1. Put the pieces of fabric or whatever you are using in the box.
2. Show your baby how to reach in, grab the fabric and pull out whatever they have found.
3. There is no number three. This is the fastest homemade toy I know.
To make it more exciting...
Fabrics that seem small when they are screwed up and then spread out to be enormous, such as chiffon scarves or pieces of silk, are thrilling. Anything sparkly, such as a long piece of tinsel, will catch your baby’s eye and different textures of fabric will keep their attention. Tying some sleigh bells onto the fabric at intervals or putting a rattle in the bottom of the box will make this into a good noisy activity.