Our sense of touch is one of our foundation senses, at the very bottom of that pyramid of learning so it is really important that we introduce lots of textures into our baby’s play and that we continue to play with textures as our toddler’s grow.
Today we would like you to put together a Festive Texture Tub. Pop in 5 toys that feel different to touch, you can include some festive toys too. Bonus points if your little one would need to hold them differently. Try not to be tempted to add in lots of toys, we really want our little ones to focus on a small selection of toys helping them practice skills, extend play and build up concentration.
How to use a texture tub with your baby, toddler or preschooler
For our youngest babies, in lying or tummy time, we are letting them touch each toy. Popping them down, lying on their side naturally brings their hands together enabling both hands to engage with the toy.
For our sitters we are looking to put the toys in front of them and encouraging them to engage with the toys using both hands to bring them out of the tub and do lots of holding and touching.
For our movers it is all about getting them moving alongside engaging with the textures.
For our toddlers this is a great activity for starting to discover and name toys. You can put things together around themes, around a book is an amazing idea and pull out toys that relate to the book as you read a story together.
For our preschoolers we can name the toys, feel and touch them through a bag to identify them. We can pop them on a piece of paper and draw round them to do some matching games and we can remove one from the paper as a memory game asking our little ones to work out which item is missing. We can also ask for their help choosing the five toys and ask them to describe textures too.
Repeat it often
Once you are finished, put the toys back in their tub and repeat it over the coming days, repetition is amazing for baby brain development!