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Rotating Toys in Our Playroom – Month 2

Rotating Toys in Our Playroom – Month 2

Rotating Toys in Our Playroom – Month 2

Here is what rotating toys in our playroom looked like during this October!
Do you need some ideas for toy rotations? Every month, I plan on sharing our playroom and how I rotate the toys. Welcome to our second month!

Is Rotating Toys Important?

Toy rotations are a great way to keep kids engaged with a limited amount of toys to avoid overwhelming a child with too many choices which can often result in clutter, disorganization, and toys not being played with at all.

A rotation could be weekly, monthly, every other month. There is no set way to do it, but I personally aim to do it monthly! 

Rotating toys is not just about changing up the specific toys they are playing with, it is about displaying them in a simple way so they are in sight. In fact, some times you don’t even need to switch all of the toys out, but instead change the placement of a toy to spark a new interest in it!

Watch to See How I Rotated Toys This Month!

In this video you’ll see all the toys the kids got to play with and enjoy during the month of October! You will also see how I decorated the walls with my kid’s Halloween-themed artwork from past years as well as other spooky decor on top of the toy shelves!

Keep on reading to see a full list and details on each of these toys along with links in case you are interested in rotating toys too!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Watch to See How I Rotated Toys This Month!

In this video you’ll see all the toys the kids got to play with and enjoy during the month of October! You will also see how I decorated the walls with my kid’s Halloween-themed artwork from past years as well as other spooky decor on top of the toy shelves!

Keep on reading to see a full list and details on each of these toys along with links in case you are interested in rotating toys too!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

montessori play shelves rotation

About Our Play Room Shelves

We love these Montessori-inspired play room shelves. You can get them in 4 different configurations as pictured.

They are wooden, handmade, and are the following dimensions:

  • Width: 28 1/2 inches
  • Height: 43 1/8 inches
  • Depth: 13 1/2 inches

I love how there are so many sections with varying sizes to accommodate different types of toy shapes and lengths – they make rotating toys so easy to display. The clothing rack is a wonderful accessory for being able to display pretend play outfits! They were very easy to build and are such a beautiful way to display toys!

Toy Rotation Items

Here are the details for the toys my kids (7, 5, 4, and 10 months) had in their playroom for the month of October!

Weather Board Toy

Weather Board

A visual and interactive tool to help your kiddo understand weather, seasons, days of the week, and temperature!

Alphabet learning game cookie

Alphabet Cookies

This jar full of alphabet shaped cookies is a fun way to learn letters and build simple words!

Magnetic Number and Shape Tracing Board

Magnetic Tracing Board

Use a magnetic wand to learn how to trace and write numbers and shapes!

Sorting Bear Activity Learn Numbers and Colors

Counting Bears

These colorful bear manipulatives are a fun way to learn counting and colors!

Anatomy Puzzle for kids

Vertical Anatomy Puzzle

This is such a fun way to learn about the human body. The pieces are magnetic and it comes with the storage container!

large insect figurines

Jumbo Insect Figurines

These insect figurines are huge! Great for babies and toddlers. Use them with our free printable Montessori-inspired insect matching cards!

wooden modular doll house

Modular Doll House

The set includes a modular house, garage, car, people, as well as wooden bed and stairs.

wooden camper van and tent toy

Wooden Camper Van and Tent

This wooden camper has a lock and keys as well as a tent, sleeping bags and wooden people. Great for fine motor skills and pretend play!

Wooden Emotion Doll Toys

Wooden Emotions

This set of wooden dolls is a great way to learn the names of emotions!

life cycle of frog toy

Life Cycle of Frogs

These figurine are a great way for kids to visualize the life cycle of a frog!

world map puzzle

World Map Puzzle

This beautifully crafted puzzle is a great way for kids to learn about the world’s continents.

wooden peg drop toy

Wooden Peg Drop

This toy. isa great way to strengthen precise fine motor skills and enage in problem solving!

tip and turn toy

Tip and Turn Toy

Made out of stainless Steel this tip and turn toy is great for practicing bilateral coordination with two-handed play.

acorn letter recognition and phonics

Acorn Letters and Phonics

This fun fall themed toy is great for letter recognition and phonics. Each acorn has an uppercase letter on the outisde, a lowercase letter on inside of the acorn top and a figurine to help with phonics.

alphabet train puzzle

Alphabet Train Puzzle

Learn the alphabet and phonics as you build a train. My kids loved how long the puzzle became once completed!

pizza maker pretend play

Pizza Maker

This pizza kit is adorable with its very own pizza crafting station!

xylophone pounding toy

Music Pounding Toy

Multifunctional musical instrument and pounding toy in one!

wooden instrument set for kids

Musical Instrument Set

These wooden musical instrument set includes 11 pieces including pieces for shaking, tapping, beautiful and blowing!

wooden train set

Rainbow Pebbles

Sort them, stack them, and turn them into the pictures feautred in the included activity cards.

texture cards for babies

Textured Cards

This set of textured cards include 18 different everyday objects that babies are getting to know!

magnetic wooden cutting and cooking toy wooden food pretend play set

Wooden Food

This set of wooden food is “sliceable” and reatttaches with magnets.

smoothie blender maker toy

Blender Set

Such a fun pretend play set where kids can blend and make smoothies.

mermaid costume

Dress up!

This mermaid is just one of seven different costumes I hung up on their pretend clothes rack. This is a great opportunity to reuse old Halloween costumes!

Permanent Playroom Toys

There are also a handful of toys that we permanently keep in the playroom. All of which are open-ended. I often find that my kids will build with these items and integrate the newly rotated items into whatever world they create!

connetix magnetic tile

Colorful Wooden Blocks

These large unit sized blocks are our first product and are so beautifully vibrant! Check back soon to see when they will be available for sale.

baby bike

Baby Bike

This balance bike is a great first bike for baby where they can learn to balance their body while siting and cruising.

double rainbow rocker

Rainbow Rocker

Such a beautiful open ended toy – my kids have used it as a bridge, boat, balancing board, slide, counter, and doll cradle to name a few!

wooden balance board

Balance Board

Multi-use toy that helps develop balance, stimulate vetibular system, and gain body awareness. 

connetix magnetic tile

Magnetic Tiles

We have a huge basket of magnetic tiles and they usually stay in rotation every month since they get played with so often!

building bricks lego duplo

Building Bricks

These building bricks are safe for 18 months and up – a great set for both big kids and little kids to safely play with together.

rainbow wooden stacking toy for color recognition

Wooden Stacking Rainbow

My kids often use these arches as tunnels during open-ended play!

mega blocks for babies

Baby’s First Building Block!

This set comes with 80 big building blocks, ideal for ages one and up.

Not Just Rotating Toys – Rotate Books Too!

We have a ton of books, but the kids didn’t really start appreciating them until I began to rotate them and place them in a book display that showcased the book cover. Where books were once collecting dust, they are now getting so much more love!

Since we celebrate Halloween in October, all of the books in our the display had a spooky theme. You can find our Halloween Book List Here.

 

Halloween book display

What’s Next?

Toy Rotation Ideas for Kids – Month 1

Toy Rotation Ideas for Kids – Month 1

Toy Rotation Ideas for Kids – Month 1

toy rotation shelves playroom

Do you need some ideas for toy rotations? Every month, I plan on sharing our playroom and how I rotate the toys. Welcome to our first month!

Why do a toy rotation?

Toy rotations are a great way to keep kids engaged with a limited amount of toys to avoid overwhelming a child with too many choices which can often result in clutter, disorganization, and toys not being played with at all.

A rotation could be weekly, monthly, every other month. There is no set way to do it, but I personally aim to do it monthly! 

Toy rotations are not just about changing up the specific toys they are playing with, it is about displaying them in a simple way so they are in sight. In fact, some times you don’t even need to switch all of the toys out, but instead change the placement of a toy to spark a new interest in it!

Watch to See This Month’s Toy Rotation

In this video you’ll see all the toys the kids got to play with and enjoy during the month of September! Keep on reading to see a full list and details on each of these toys along with links in case you want to get them too!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Watch to See This Month’s Toy Rotation

In this video you’ll see all the toys the kids got to play with and enjoy during the month of September! Keep on reading to see a full list and details on each of these toys along with links in case you want to get them too!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

montessori play shelves rotation

About Our Play Room Shelves

We love these Montessori-inspired play room shelves. You can get them in 4 different configurations as pictured.

They are wooden, handmade, and are the following dimensions:

  • Width: 28 1/2 inches
  • Height: 43 1/8 inches
  • Depth: 13 1/2 inches

I love how there are so many sections with varying sizes to accommodate different types of toy shapes and lengths. The clothing rack is a wonderful accessory for being able to display pretend play outfits! They were very easy to build and are such a beautiful way to display toys!

Toy Rotation Items

Here are the details for the toys my kids (7, 5, 4, and 9 months) had in their playroom for the month of September!

connetix magnetic tile

Magnetic Tiles

We have a huge basket of magnetic tiles and they usually stay in rotation every month since they get played with so often!

read build write board

Reading and Writing Board

I paired this wooden board with letters for my kiddos to explore reading and building words.

rainbow wooden stacking toy for color recognition

Wooden Stacking Rainbow

My kids often use these arches as tunnels during open-ended play!

wooden counting box

Wooden Counting Box

Count the pegs while you place them, then pull the handle to hear them fall.

number puzzle

Number Puzzle

We love this super colorful, wooden board and numbers puzzle.

marine creatures

Marine Creature Figurines

We have a collection of figurines, most of which come from this set. I paired them with our free printable marine creature Montessori matching cards.

ice cream toy

Ice Cream Counter

A favorite in our house! Kids can scoop and serve wooden ice cream cones or a cup!

felt flowers in a row

Felt Flowers

Plant them, pick them, and make a bouquet! 

magnetic tracing maze

Number Maze

This wooden maze has a magnetic pen. Great for fine motor skills, number learning, and color recognition!

pop the pig game

Pop the Pig Game

Great for number recognition. To make the game more challenging, I covered up some numbers with dot stickers and hand wrote higher numbers.

babies first books

Babies First Books!

I love this set which includes colors, animals, things that go, and first words!

life cycle of sea turtle

Life Cycle of Sea Turtle

This set comes with 4 pieces to show how animals change and grow.

pattern building toy puzzle

Magnetic Patterns and Shapes

Contains colorful cards for creating patterns and real life objects!

mirror for baby

Mirror for Baby

My baby loves looking at herself in this mirror. She first started using it for tummy time! 

alphabet puzzle

Alphabet Puzzle

This is a beautifully crafted wooden puzzle for classic letter learning!

toy tissue box for baby

Toy Tissue Box

This wooden toy tissue box has linkable tissues that are also fun for peekaboo and mouthing.

sliding top box

Sliding Top Box

Build strength, hand-eye coordination and problem solving skils with this surprising box.

xylophone pounding toy

Music Pounding Toy

Multifunctional musical instrument and pounding toy in one!

stem building toys tubes

Tube Building Toys

These tube building toys can be turned into different shapes, cars, animals, etc.

rainbow pebbles

Rainbow Pebbles

Sort them, stack them, and turn them into the pictures feautred in the included activity cards.

alphabet dinosaur puzzle

Wooden Dinosaur Alphabet Puzzle

Build a dinosaur while working on alphabet fluency!

disney princess make up kit

Pretend Make Up Kit

This is a princess themed pretend play make up kit.

magnetic wooden cutting and cooking toy wooden food pretend play set

Wooden Food

This set of wooden food is “sliceable” and reattaches with magnets.

doctor's kit pretend play

Doctor’s Kit

This pretend play doctor’s kit is a fun set of wooden pieces including a real stethoscope. 

Toy Rotation Puzzle Display Hack!

The best way to display puzzles during toy rotations is with a plate stand! The puzzles are much more visible and inviting to play with.

If they are big enough, you can also try to prop them up against the back wall, but the wire plate stand is a much more secure option. 

You can also display books in it as well!

how to display puzzles in the playroom

What’s Next?

Sensory Bags for Babies – Helpful Tummy Time Distractions

Sensory Bags for Babies – Helpful Tummy Time Distractions

Sensory Bags for Babies – Helpful Tummy Time Distractions!

These sensory bags for babies are so easy to make and are such a great distraction during tummy time. Here are 4 ways you can make them!

These sensory bags for babies are so easy to make and are such a great tool to use during tummy time. Here are 4 ways you can make them! 

Benefits of Sensory Bags for Babies

Even babies can enjoy sensory play! Not only are these sensory bags for babies a fun distraction during that critical tummy time, but sensory play in general, is so beneficial for baby! This type of sensory play can help build neural connections in the brain as those young hands explore new textures, colors, and sounds.

They will also strengthen hand-eye coordination, and generally, are great for baby’s rapidly developing vision.

Tummy time will be a success as they will be so curious to see and try to feel what’s inside the bags!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

 

 

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Watch How to Make Sensory Bags for Babies

In this quick video, you’ll see how easy it is to make sensory bags for babies.

The 4 bags I created were all based on items I had in my home, which included a bag filled up with cheap hair gel and googly eyes, one filled with water beads, another one filled with oil, water, and food coloring; and finally, one filled up with leftover wrappers that made a crinkly sound! 

For more baby activities, visit our comprehensive list of ideas.

Watch How to Make Sensory Bags for Babies

In this quick video, you’ll see how easy it is to make sensory bags for babies.

The 4 bags I created were all based on items I had in my home, which included a bag filled up with cheap hair gel and googly eyes, one filled with water beads, another one filled with oil, water, and food coloring; and finally, one filled up with leftover wrappers that made a crinkly sound! 

For more baby activities, visit our comprehensive list of ideas.

These sensory bags for babies are so easy to make and are such a great distraction during tummy time. Here are 4 ways you can make them!

Tips for Setting Up This Activity

Use What You’ve Got! As mentioned above, these sensory bags for babies were made of items I found around the house (including granola bar wrapper trash!). They do not need to be fancy, so feel free to adapt them based on what is available! Water, oil, shaving cream, water beads, hair gel, rainbow rice, paint – anything that makes a great sensory base will work well in a sensory bag!

Seal and Secure with Tape. For using sensory bags during tummy time, you’ll not only want to tape the plastic bags to the floor, but you’ll also want to first seal the zipper edge of the plastic bag with tape to prevent any spillage! Use an easy to remove masking tape for the floor, and something more strong like gorilla tape for sealing bags shut.

Make the Bag Label-Free. Both acetone, aka nail polish remover, and rubbing alcohol will remove the white label found on most plastic bags!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Remove the label on plastic bags using nail polish remover.

Step 2

Fill up your sensory bags with different sensory materials including water beads or crinkly leftover granola wrappers! You can also fill one up with oil, water and food coloring. Or you could fill one up with cheap hair gel and something like googly eyes!

 

Step 3

Seal the bags shut with strong tape. This is especially important when using liquids. Plastic bag’s built in zipper are not fool proof and are prone to breaking, so this will help prevent a clean up headache!

Step 4

Tape the sensory bags to the ground so that baby can enjoy looking at them and touching them during tummy time without the bags sliding around!

Step 1

Remove the label on plastic bags using nail polish remover.

Step 2

Fill up your sensory bags with different sensory materials including water beads or crinkly leftover granola wrappers! You can also fill one up with oil, water and food coloring. Or you could fill one up with cheap hair gel and something like googly eyes!

Step 3

Seal the bags shut with strong tape. This is especially important when using liquids. Plastic bag’s built in zipper are not fool proof and are prone to breaking, so this will help prevent a clean up headache!

Step 4

Tape the sensory bags to the ground so that baby can enjoy looking at them and touching them during tummy time without the bags sliding around!

Get FREE Printable Black and White Patterns for Babies

Need more fun things to do with baby? This free printable set of black and white cards for babies includes 12 different high contrast images. Plus, tape them together to make them stand up on their own – perfect for tummy time!

Make sure that you are allowing your baby to view them at a close distance. Remember, everything gets very blurry after 12-15 inches away from them! 

And for even more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

These sensory bags for babies are so easy to make and are such a great distraction during tummy time. Here are 4 ways you can make them!
These sensory bags for babies are so easy to make and are such a great distraction during tummy time. Here are 4 ways you can make them!

Get FREE Printable Black and White Patterns for Babies

Need more fun things to do with baby? This free printable set of black and white cards for babies includes 12 different high contrast images. Plus, tape them together to make them stand up on their own – perfect for tummy time!

Make sure that you are allowing your baby to view them at a close distance. Remember, everything gets very blurry after 12-15 inches away from them! 

And for even more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

Top Baby Toy Picks

Here are a few of our top picks for toys that are great for baby development!

black and white baby activities

Play Gym

This item is the ultimate play gym for babies with multi-sensory areas, 3 rattles, and lots of black and white cards!

black and white baby activities

Crinkle Activity Book

This black and white activity book includes a mirror as well as black and white images that prop up easily.

sensory play for babies

Tummy Time Splash-Free Mat

This mess-free aquatic themed water mat is great for tummy time and strengthening baby’s neck and shoulders! 

baby toy ball

Baby’s 1st Ball

This easy to grasp ball is perfect for young babies just learning how to hold objects and later transfer them from hand to hand.

What’s Next?

DIY Baby Toy – How to Make Sensory Wrist Bands

DIY Baby Toy – How to Make Sensory Wrist Bands

DIY Baby Toy – How to Make Sensory Wrist Rattles

diy baby toy how to make black and white wrist rattles

This DIY baby toy is so easy to make! Babies will enjoy exploring the high contrast colors and jingly sounds of these homemade rattles that can be placed on their wrists or feet! 

Benefits of this DIY Baby Toy

Around 2 months, babies begin to discover their hands. This DIY baby toy is a great way for babies to continue to explore those hands and develop their strength through sound and high contrast colors! With bells enclosed inside the felt band, they can hear rattling. Plus, the high contrast colors of the white band with the black jumbo pom poms is great for vision development in babies.

The wrist bands attach with velcro making them easy to put on and off by adults, but not easy for babies to take off! So they perfect for bringing on-the-go because they are secure and won’t be easily lost!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

 

 

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Prep Time: 

Watch How to Make This DIY Baby Toy

In this quick video, you’ll see how easy this DIY baby toy is to make!

We attached them to the wrist, but you could make them for the feet too! I used high contrast colors because they are great for younger babies, but you could also use other more vibrant colors especially for older babies whose vision is more developed.

For more baby activities, visit our comprehensive list of ideas

Watch How to Make This DIY Baby Toy

In this quick video, you’ll see how easy this DIY baby toy is to make!

We attached them to the wrist, but you could make them for the feet too! I used high contrast colors because they are great for younger babies, but you could also use other more vibrant colors especially for older babies whose vision is more developed.

For more baby activities, visit our comprehensive list of ideas

diy baby toy how to make black and white wrist rattles

Tips for Setting Up This Activity

Extra Large Pom Poms. As babies develop their hand control, they usually bring them straight to their mouths. This is why using extra large pom poms, 1.75 inches and larger, is important to avoid any concerns for choking hazards.

Parts Need to Be Secured. The bells inside the velcro straps need to be firmly secured as they are small parts and it would be very dangerous if they were to get loose. Therefore, strong glue must be used or, alternatively, the pieces can be sewed together. Either way, supervision is required at all times.

Wake Windows. A wake window is that short time in between feeding and sleeping (or being changed!). Between 0-12 weeks wake windows can be between 60-75 minutes and up to 2 hours by 4 months. During this time, babies will benefit greatly from activities like this that not only stimulate their bodies, but their brains too. Be sure to grab these moments during the wake windows or else baby may get tired and cranky and may not want to play!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Firmly secure bells onto a strip of felt.

Step 2

Glue another strip of felt on top to enclose the bells.

 

Step 3

Glue extra large pom poms onto the felt band.

Step 4

Use velcro stickers on the ends so that the band can open and close around baby’s wrist.

Step 1

Firmly secure bells onto a strip of felt.

Step 2

Glue another strip of felt on top to enclose the bells.

Step 3

Glue extra large pom poms onto the felt band.

Step 4

Use velcro stickers on the ends so that the band can open and close around baby’s wrist.

Get FREE Printable Black and White Patterns for Babies

Need more fun things to do with baby? This free printable set of black and white cards for babies includes 12 different high contrast images. Plus, tape them together to make them stand up on their own – perfect for tummy time!

Make sure that you are allowing your baby to view them at a close distance. Remember, everything gets very blurry after 12-15 inches away from them! 

And for even more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

black and white high contrast stimulation cards for babies newborns free printable
black and white high contrast stimulation cards for babies newborns free printable

Get FREE Printable Black and White Patterns for Babies

Need more fun things to do with baby? This free printable set of black and white cards for babies includes 12 different high contrast images. Plus, tape them together to make them stand up on their own – perfect for tummy time!

Make sure that you are allowing your baby to view them at a close distance. Remember, everything gets very blurry after 12-15 inches away from them! 

And for even more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

More High Contrast Activities

Here are my top picks for more ways babies can play with black and white!

black and white baby activities

Play Gym

This item is the ultimate play gym for babies with multi-sensory areas, 3 rattles, and lots of black and white cards!

black and white baby activities

Crinkle Activity Book

This black and white activity book includes a mirror as well as black and white images that prop up easily.

black and white baby activities

Take Along Mobile

This mobile has black and white colors, calming music, and an adjustable arm that can fit many different environments.

black and white baby activities

Rattles

This set of plush rattles have an animal design, black and white patterns, crinkly paper, and other sounds that are perfect for babies.

What’s Next?

Baby Activity at 3 months – Fun with Balloons

Baby Activity at 3 months – Fun with Balloons

Baby Activity at 3 Months – Fun with Balloons

baby activity at 3 months balloon kicking

Tying balloons to the hands and feet is a great baby activity at 3 months. Keep on reading to find out all the benefits of this activity for babies!

Benefits of This Balloon Activity for Babies

During the first three months of a babies life, they sleep quite often, but there are some precious wake windows where babies can start to have fun and begin to strengthen important skills!

This is a great baby activity at 3 months because it’s an important time for babies to improve their visual tracking skills, and stay on the back before they begin rolling over from stomach to back.

It’s also a great way to keep baby busy, engaged, and strengthening gross motor skills with every kick and punch! As each arm and leg raise and move the balloons around, babies will also be developing an understanding of cause and effect!

 

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How to Set Up This Baby Activity at 3 Months

This activity is as easy as grabbing some balloons, using helium to blow them up, and tying 2-4 of them with string to baby’s hands and feet.

In this video you’ll see how my 3 month old enjoyed kicking, moving her arms, and tracking the balloons as they moved up, down, and side to side.

For more baby activities, visit our comprehensive list of ideas

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

How to Set Up This Baby Activity at 3 Months

This activity is as easy as grabbing some balloons, using helium to blow them up, and tying 2-4 of them with string to baby’s hands and feet.

In this video you’ll see how my 3 month old enjoyed kicking, moving her arms, and tracking the balloons as they moved up, down, and side to side.

For more baby activities, visit our comprehensive list of ideas

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

baby activity at 3 months balloon kicking

Tips for Setting Up This Activity

Ballon Type. While you can use any color balloon, the younger the baby, the more useful black and white balloons are due to their ability to see high contrast images better. Also be sure to grab some helium to keep the balloons up high!

Wake Windows. A wake window is that short time in between feeding and sleeping (or being changed!). Between 0-12 weeks wake windows can be between 60-75 minutes and up to 2 hours by 4 months. During this time, babies will benefit greatly from activities like this that not only stimulate their bodies, but their brains too. Be sure to grab these moments during the wake windows or else baby may get tired and cranky and may not want to play!

Supervision. It goes without saying that supervision is key! This is not an activity for babies to be left alone doing. Once you finish playing, safely dispose of the strings and balloons in the trash.

Get FREE Printable Black and White Patterns for Babies

Need more fun things to do with baby? This free printable set of black and white cards for babies includes 12 different high contrast images. Plus, tape them together to make them stand up on their own – perfect for tummy time!

Make sure that you are allowing your baby to view them at a close distance. Remember, everything gets very blurry after 12-15 inches away from them! 

And for even more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

black and white high contrast stimulation cards for babies newborns free printable
black and white high contrast stimulation cards for babies newborns free printable

Get FREE Printable Black and White Patterns for Babies

Need more fun things to do with baby? This free printable set of black and white cards for babies includes 12 different high contrast images. Plus, tape them together to make them stand up on their own – perfect for tummy time!

Make sure that you are allowing your baby to view them at a close distance. Remember, everything gets very blurry after 12-15 inches away from them! 

And for even more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

More High Contrast Activities

Here are my top picks for more ways babies can play with black and white!

black and white baby activities

Play Gym

This item is the ultimate play gym for babies with multi-sensory areas, 3 rattles, and lots of black and white cards!

black and white baby activities

Crinkle Activity Book

This black and white activity book includes a mirror as well as black and white images that prop up easily.

black and white baby activities

Take Along Mobile

This mobile has black and white colors, calming music, and an adjustable arm that can fit many different environments.

black and white baby activities

Rattles

This set of plush rattles have an animal design, black and white patterns, crinkly paper, and other sounds that are perfect for babies.

What’s Next?

What to Put in Diaper Caddy? List of 11 Helpful Items!

What to Put in Diaper Caddy? List of 11 Helpful Items!

What to Put in Diaper Caddy? List of 11 Helpful Items!

what to put in diaper caddy essential list ideas

Do you need some ideas of what to put in a diaper caddy? Keep on reading to see my list of 11 helpful items to include inside!

Wondering what to put in a diaper caddy?

Perhaps you are a parent-to-be or a new parent and want to be prepared on what to have in your diaper caddy. Or perhaps you simply are fed up with running all over the house looking for supplies!

Well, let me help you out! I’ve put together a handy list to make your life a little more convenient and easy! This list includes +10 things you may want to have in your diaper basket for when doodie calls (plus other baby-care moments with your little one)!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Watch to See What to Put in a Diaper Caddy

In this quick video you’ll see all the items I like to include in my diaper caddy!

Keep on reading to get the full list below and where to get them!

Plus, also check out the adorable moveable diaper caddy and diaper changing basket!

 

Watch to See What to Put in a Diaper Caddy

In this quick video you’ll see all the items I like to include in my diaper basket!

Keep on reading to get the full list below and where to get them!

Plus, also check out the adorable moveable diaper caddy and diaper changing basket!

List of What to Put in a Diaper Caddy

Here are all the details for the items to include in a diaper caddy and where to get them!

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Diapers

It goes without saying that diapers are an essential part of a diaper caddy!

what to put in diaper caddy essential list ideas

Baby Wipes

Along with diapers, this is another essential item that goes without saying!

what to put in diaper caddy essential list ideas

Diaper Rash Cream

For everyday use, this brand of aquaphor is our go-to! If a bad diaper rash develops, Triple Paste is a life saver!

what to put in diaper caddy essential list ideas

Moisturizer

This is our top pick for a moisturizer for babies whether they have eczema or not!

what to put in diaper caddy essential list ideas

Gas Reliever

While this is not an essential item, it is a natural and efficeint way to relieve fussy babies. whomay have gas!

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Black and White Cards or a Toy

Something to entertain baby! For newborns and young babies, grab our free printable black and white cards!

Nose Picker

But it doesn’t just pick hard to get boogers. It is a great tool for cleaning nails, ears, belly button, and beyond! 

Nail Clipper

This baby nail clipper also has a magnifier for those who need some extra help seeing those little nails!

what to put in diaper caddy essential list ideas

Thermometer

This no-touch forehead thermometer makes taking temperatures fast and easy!

what to put in diaper caddy essential list ideas

Hand Sanitzer

A reminder for parents to wash up after every diaper cleaning or booger picking!

what to put in diaper caddy essential list ideas

Pacifier or Other Soother

For a baby that is fussy, have a pacifier or other type of soother available!

what to put in diaper caddy essential list ideas

Diaper Caddy

Of course, we need a caddy to organize everything! I personally love this woven, sectioned moveable basket!

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Tummy Time Positions for Newborns and Babies

Tummy Time Positions for Newborns and Babies

Tummy Time Positions for Newborns and Babies

tummy time positions for newborns and babies

There isn’t just one way to do tummy time! Keep reading to find out about different tummy time positions for newborns and babies! 

Why is Tummy Time Important?

As you have probably heard tummy time is so important for newborns and babies! It strengthens babies neck and shoulder muscles and is, overall, fantastic for their motor skills.

Because babies sleep so much during the day, and the recommended position for sleep is on the back, the time they have to be on their tummies is limited. It’s important to take advantage of placing baby on their stomachs during wakeful moments so they can work on these important skills!

However, tummy time is not limited to being on the floor. You can also explore doing the football hold, tummy to tummy, and tummy to lap positions!

By 2 months, it’s recommended to do tummy time for 15 minutes a day, in 5 minute increments. However, I have found that I don’t need to count the minutes if I rotate all the different ways of doing tummy time throughout the day.

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3 Alternative Tummy Time Positions for Newborns and Babies

In this quick video you’ll see the 3 alternative tummy time positions for newborns and babies that aren’t on the floor: the football hold, tummy to tummy, and tummy to lap.

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3 Alternative Tummy Time Positions for Newborns and Babies

In this quick video you’ll see the 3 alternative tummy time positions for newborns and babies that aren’t on the floor: the football hold, tummy to tummy, and tummy to lap.

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

black and white high contrast stimulation cards for babies newborns free printable

Get the FREE Printable Black and White Patterns for Babies

This free printable set of black and white cards for babies are a great way to keep babies alert and interested during tummy time. The set includes 12 different high contrast images. Plus, tape them together to make them stand up on their own.

Make sure that you are allowing your baby to view them at a close distance. Remember, everything gets very blurry after 12-15 inches away from them! 

And for even more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

Other Benefits of Tummy Time Positions for Newborns and Babies

 In addition to strengthening neck and shoulder muscles, tummy time gets babies on track for developing other motor skills including rolling over, sitting up, crawling, and ultimately walking.

Another benefit of placing babies on their tummy during wakeful periods is that it can help them avoid developing flat spots on the back of their head!

For more activities for babies visit our comprehensive list!  

black and white high contrast stimulation cards for babies newborns free printable
black and white high contrast stimulation cards for babies newborns free printable

Other Benefits of Tummy Time Positions for Newborns and Babies

 In addition to strengthening neck and shoulder muscles, tummy time gets babies on track for developing other motor skills including rolling over, sitting up, crawling, and ultimately walking.

Another benefit of placing babies on their tummy during wakeful periods is that it can help them avoid developing flat spots on the back of their head!

For more activities for babies visit our comprehensive list!  

More Activities for Newborn and Young Babies

Here are my top picks for more ways babies can play!

black and white baby activities

Play Gym

This item is the ultimate play gym for babies with multi-sensory areas, 3 rattles, and lots of black and white cards!

black and white baby activities

Crinkle Activity Book

This black and white activity book includes a mirror as well as black and white images that prop up easily.

black and white baby activities

Take Along Mobile

This mobile has black and white colors, calming music, and an adjustable arm that can fit many different environments.

black and white baby activities

Rattles

This set of plush rattles have an animal design, black and white patterns, crinkly paper, and other sounds that are perfect for babies.

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Black and White Patterns for Babies – Free Printable Cards

Black and White Patterns for Babies – Free Printable Cards

Black and White Patterns for Babies – Free Printable Cards

black and white high contrast stimulation cards for babies newborns free printable

There are a ton of benefits to providing black and white patterns for babies. Keep on reading to find out what they are and to get your free printable set of 12 dozen cards here. 

Why Black and White Patterns for Babies Are Important!

Did you know that for the first months of a baby’s life their vision is super blurry! In fact, they can only see about 12 inches in front of them. Plus it isn’t until around 3 months when they can start to see colors. Before that, all they can see is black, white, and grays.

But during the time between birth and 6 months, a baby’s eyesight is developing at super speed! And allowing for your baby to look at black and white, high contrast images and toys provides them a great opportunity to stimulate their vision, strengthen optic nerves, and help their brains and eyes to coordinate.

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How to Use the Free Printable Black and White Patterns for Babies

This activity can be set up in no time! Since it is a free printable, all you have to do is grab the free printable from the link below, print it, and tape it together to have it stand alone (if you so choose!). In the video, you will see that I also laminated the cards before taping them to make them more durable and long lasting.

My baby at one and a half months old was mesmerized by the patterns and enjoyed looking at them during tummy time, when her diaper was changed, and in the car!

How to Use the Free Printable Black and White Patterns for Babies

This activity can be set up in no time! Since it is a free printable, all you have to do is grab the free printable from the link below, print it, and tape it together to have it stand alone (if you so choose!). In the video, you will see that I also laminated the cards before taping them to make them more durable and long lasting.

My baby at one and a half months old was mesmerized by the patterns and enjoyed looking at them during tummy time, when her diaper was changed, and in the car!

black and white high contrast stimulation cards for babies newborns free printable

Get the FREE Printable Black and White Patterns for Babies

This free printable set of black and white cards for babies includes 12 different high contrast images. Plus, tape them together to make them stand up on their own.

Make sure that you are allowing your baby to view them at a close distance. Remember, everything gets very blurry after 12-15 inches away from them! 

And for even more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Where to Use the Black and White Cards

There are so many great opportunities to use these black and white cards, here are just a few ideas! 

Tummy Time. These cards definitely help to hold and lengthen attention span during tummy time!

Diaper Changing. Prop some up on the side of your table to make diaper changing a little easier!

Car Seat. Safely tape some images to the seat in front of the baby to give them some car ride entertainment!

black and white high contrast stimulation cards for babies newborns free printable
black and white high contrast stimulation cards for babies newborns free printable

Where to Use the Black and White Cards

There are so many great opportunities to use these black and white cards, here are just a few ideas! 

Tummy Time. These cards definitely help to hold and lengthen attention span during tummy time!

Diaper Changing. Prop some up on the side of your table to make diaper changing a little easier!

Car Seat. Safely tape some images to the seat in front of the baby to give them some car ride entertainment!

More High Contrast Activities

Here are my top picks for more ways babies can play with black and white!

black and white baby activities

Play Gym

This item is the ultimate play gym for babies with multi-sensory areas, 3 rattles, and lots of black and white cards!

black and white baby activities

Crinkle Activity Book

This black and white activity book includes a mirror as well as black and white images that prop up easily.

black and white baby activities

Take Along Mobile

This mobile has black and white colors, calming music, and an adjustable arm that can fit many different environments.

black and white baby activities

Rattles

This set of plush rattles have an animal design, black and white patterns, crinkly paper, and other sounds that are perfect for babies.

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Jelly Sensory Play – Make a Zombie Brain with Bugs

Jelly Sensory Play – Make a Zombie Brain with Bugs

Jelly Sensory Play – How to Make a Zombie Brain with Bugs

jelly sensory play spooky halloween fine motor skills bugs brain zombie with oobleck

This jelly sensory play is all about making an ooey gooey zombie brain that is full of creepy critters! Keep on reading to find out how to make it, as well as an alternative version with frozen oobleck!

A Spooky Jelly Sensory Play

Kiddos will channel their inner surgeon with this spooky jelly sensory play set-up! Creating a jelly brain is anything but complicated – it takes all of a few minutes to mix up and then just pop it in the fridge to set!

Once set, the texture is so fun to explore and poke syringes full of colored water! Plus, including bugs inside the brain is a fun way to work on fine motor skills using tongs and a knife as a tool!

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How to Make This Jelly Sensory Play Activity

Watch the video to see how easy this jelly brain is to make, and how fun it is to play with!

You’ll see how my daughter, age 3, enjoyed injecting the brain with colored water, using the tongs to pick out each bug and wash them! These tools are so great for fine motor skills!

Once she removed all the bugs she explored the sensory properties of the leftover jelly!

How to Make This Jelly Sensory Play Activity

Watch the video to see how easy this jelly brain is to make, and how fun it is to play with!

You’ll see how my daughter, age 3, enjoyed injecting the brain with colored water, using the tongs to pick out each bug and wash them! These tools are so great for fine motor skills!

Once she removed all the bugs she explored the sensory properties of the leftover jelly!

jelly sensory play spooky halloween fine motor skills bugs brain zombie

Tips for Making This Ooey Gooey Sensory Activity!

Whether you want a spooky, creepy activity for Halloween, or you simply have a bug fan who will love digging for bugs, this will be a fun activity for you!

Keep in mind that gelatin takes time to set, so be sure to look at the directions on your packaging and plan accordingly!

There is no need for sugary gelatin! We used the most simple, non-flavored gelatin. After all, sensory play is not about eating sensory bases, so we wouldn’t want to encourage that with presenting a yummy jello! Instead, we opted for a flavorless brand. The good news for young toddlers and older babies is that if they do happen to put the jelly in their mouth, it is harmless and taste-safe!

If your kiddo absolutely loves all things bugs, we have a few activities you won’t want to miss! Like our DIY Mud Bug Activity, a spider handprint craft, and our printable all about insects!

 

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

If using Gelatine brand of gelatin, pour 1 cup water into the brain mold and sprinkle one packet of gelatin on top. (a box of Gelatine comes with 4 packets and you will use them all!).

Step 2

Arrange the insects into the mold.

Step 3

Mix 3 cups water and the remaining 3 packets of Gelatine into a saucepan or microwave safe container and bring to a boil. We used the microwave method.

Step 4

Pour the gelatin mixture into the mold.

Step 5

Pop it in the refrigerator for several hours until the gelatin is set.

Step 6

Once set, use a spatula to carefully remove the gelatin brain from the mold. If necessary, place the mold in warm water to loosen. Set up the activity with a few surgical tools and colored water, and it’s time to dissect!

Step 1

If using Gelatine brand of gelatin, pour 1 cup water into the brain mold and sprinkle one packet of gelatin on top. (a box of Gelatine comes with 4 packets and you will use them all!).

Step 2

Arrange the insects into the mold.

Step 3

Mix 3 cups water and the remaining 3 packets of Gelatine into a saucepan or microwave safe container and bring to a boil. We used the microwave method.

Step 4

Pour the gelatin mixture into the mold.

Step 5

Pop it in the refrigerator for several hours until the gelatin is set.

Step 6

Once set, use a spatula to carefully remove the gelatin brain from the mold. If necessary, place the mold in warm water to loosen. Set up the activity with a few surgical tools and colored water, and it’s time to dissect!

Frozen Oobleck Brain Alternative

This jelly sensory play isn’t the only way to explore the brain! We’ve also hidden bugs inside a frozen oobleck brain!

This activity great for learning about the states of matter and viscosity. In other words, playing with oobleck can teach kids about how solids and liquids can change states, as well as learn about the thickness of the oobleck.

Here’s how you can make this version!

Step 1

Combine 2 cups corn starch with 1 cup water.

Step 2

Add a few drops of food coloring if you’d like.

Step 3

Add creepy critters to a mold.

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Step 4

Pour the oobleck mixture into the mold.

Step 5

Pop it in the freezer for an hour.

Step 6

Once frozen, set it up with a few surgical tools and it’s time to dissect!

jelly sensory play spooky halloween fine motor skills bugs brain zombie with oobleck

Frozen Oobleck Brain Alternative

This jelly sensory play isn’t the only way to explore the brain! We’ve also hidden bugs inside a frozen oobleck brain!

This activity great for learning about the states of matter and viscosity. In other words, playing with oobleck can teach kids about how solids and liquids can change states, as well as learn about the thickness of the oobleck.

Here’s how you can make this version!

Step 1

Combine 2 cups corn starch with 1 cup water.

Step 2

Add a few drops of food coloring if you’d like.

Step 3

Add creepy critters to a mold.

Step 4

Pour the oobleck mixture into the mold.

Step 5

Pop it in the freezer for an hour.

Step 6

Once frozen, set it up with a few surgical tools and it’s time to dissect!

 

More Sensory Bases to Explore

Beyond this creepy jelly sensory play. Here are some more sensory bases to explore!

slime kit sensory play for kids

The Ultimate Slime and Putty Kit

This kit includes 8 fascinating varieties of slime and putty, including premade putty, magnetic slime, glow in the dark putty, and so much more.

sensory sand play for kids

Sensory Sand

Sensory sand is moldable! This bulk pack comes with enough to fill an entire bin for lasting fun! Bonus points for including a storage bin!

mad mattr sensory dough modeling dough

Modelling Dough

This modelling dough compound NEVER dries out! It is a fun texture – it is stretchy like play dough, moldable like kinetic sand, and odorless.

play dough wild dough sensory

Premium Play Dough

This play dough is the cream of the crop! It is ridiculously silky and smooth, lasts for 6 months, and is scented!

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Oobleck Experiment – Everything You Need to Know!

Oobleck Experiment – Everything You Need to Know!

Oobleck Experiment – Everything You Need to Know!

oobleck science experiment with corn starch and water

Have you ever heard of oobleck, also known as goop? It is one of the coolest sensory bases! This oobleck experiment only take a few minutes to set up, but will results in such lasting fun and playtime! Since the ingredients are non toxic it is safe for even the littlest of toddlers, but still so fun for older kids! Keep on reading for all the details you ever need to know about oobleck!

Oobleck Experiment – Discovering a Non Newtonian Fluid

If you are looking to do a fun messy sensory play activity with your little one, then this oobleck experiment is for you! The consistency of this rainbow oobleck is the best! It’s both a liquid and a solid depending on how you play with it. This type of fluid is called Non Newtonian.

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How to Make This Oobleck Experiment

 

Oobleck is simply the combination of water and corn starch. You can also make it more vibrant by adding in a pop of color. Make one color, or make them all like we did! Once I made the rainbow oobleck (see the how-to below!), I added it to one bin, then added some water into the other bin. The bin of water is critical! Even my mess-loving kids still want to clean their hands after playing with this ooey gooey oobleck! Having the water nearby was a lifesaver because my kiddos can easily wash his hands when they got too sticky and then keep on playing!

How to Make This Oobleck Experiment

Oobleck is simply the combination of water and corn starch. You can also make it more vibrant by adding in a pop of color. Make one color, or make them all like we did! Once I made the rainbow oobleck (see the how-to below!), I added it to one bin, then added some water into the other bin. The bin of water is critical! Even my mess-loving kids still want to clean their hands after playing with this ooey gooey oobleck! Having the water nearby was a lifesaver because my kiddos can easily wash his hands when they got too sticky and then keep on playing!

oobleck science experiment with corn starch and water

Tips on Making and Disposing Oobleck

What color to use? Making oobleck is so simple, it only takes a few minutes! When adding color, I prefer to use diluted liquid watercolor because it is washable! Using it prevents stubborn stains that are more likely with food coloring. When mixing in the color, I like to add the color first to the water as it is easier to mix in!

Should I use a 1:1 ratio? Lots of recipes will say to do a one to one ratio of corn starch to water. However, since I add the color into the water, I prefer to slowly add the water into the corn starch mixture. Stop adding the water when the mixture can be squeezed into a solid and then turns into a liquid when your palm is open.

Mixture too soupy or too hard? If your mixture is not turning into a solid when squeezed, just add a little more corn starch. If your mixture is too hard and not turning into a liquid when held in a relaxed hand, then add a little water!

Tips on Making and Disposing Oobleck

What color to use? Making oobleck is so simple, it only takes a few minutes! When adding color, I prefer to use diluted liquid watercolor because it is washable! Using it prevents stubborn stains that are more likely with food coloring. When mixing in the color, I like to add the color first to the water as it is easier to mix in!

Should I use a 1:1 ratio? Lots of recipes will say to do a one to one ratio of corn starch to water. However, since I add the color into the water, I prefer to slowly add the water into the corn starch mixture. Stop adding the water when the mixture can be squeezed into a solid and then turns into a liquid when your palm is open.

Mixture too soupy or too hard? If your mixture is not turning into a solid when squeezed, just add a little more corn starch. If your mixture is too hard and not turning into a liquid when held in a relaxed hand, then add a little water!

If I make all the colors in one bin, will they mix up? Yes they will! To avoid all of your beautiful colors immediately combining into a green or brown, use separate containers. One of my kids favorite. setups was when I made only the primary colors in separate bins and then they experimented with color mixing and creating secondary colors.

What if my kid tastes the oobleck? When using food coloring, oobleck is taste-safe. However, your child will quickly realize it tastes disgusting! As with all sensory bases, do not encourage tasting and always supervise.

How do I clean oobleck up? For these types of activities, it’s best if you set them up outside for easy clean up. I literally just hose everything down. It is safe for the grass. If playing outdoor is not an option, place some towels on the ground. Mix what is left of the oobleck with enough hot water to completely dilute it. With the water running in the sink, add small amounts of the mixture at a time to avoid the cornstarch from re-solidfying and clogging the drain. For oobleck on the floor, it can be easily wiped up or vacuumed when dried.

Can I store oobleck for later? Yes, you can store it in an air tight container. However, the cornstarch will separate from the water so it will have to be remixed. Discard if black dots are visible as this is mold.

If I make all the colors in one bin, will they mix up? Yes they will! To avoid all of your beautiful colors immediately combining into a green or brown, use separate containers. One of my kids favorite. setups was when I made only the primary colors in separate bins and then they experimented with color mixing and creating secondary colors.

What if my kid tastes the oobleck? When using food coloring, oobleck is taste-safe. However, your child will quickly realize it tastes disgusting! As with all sensory bases, do not encourage tasting and always supervise.

 

How do I clean oobleck up? For these types of activities, it’s best if you set them up outside for easy clean up. I literally just hose everything down. It is safe for the grass. If playing outdoor is not an option, place some towels on the ground. Mix what is left of the oobleck with enough hot water to completely dilute it. With the water running in the sink, add small amounts of the mixture at a time to avoid the cornstarch from re-solidfying and clogging the drain. For oobleck on the floor, it can be easily wiped up or vacuumed when dried.

Can I store oobleck for later? Yes, you can store it in an air tight container. However, the cornstarch will separate from the water so it will have to be remixed. Discard if black dots are visible as this is mold.

Materials

  • Water for mixture
  • Water for separate hand-washing bin

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Place 1 cup of corn starch in a bowl.

Step 2

Measure 1 cup of water and add in your color.

 

Step 3

Gradually add the water to the corn starch, but do not add all at one time. You’ll want to slowly mix it in so as not to add too much water. The mixture is ready when it becomes a solid in your hand when you squeeze it and then a liquid when you relax your palm.

Step 4

Place a bucket of water nearby for a quick hand-washing station!

Step 1

Place 1 cup of corn starch in a bowl.

Step 2

Measure 1 cup of water and add in your color.

Step 3

Gradually add the water to the corn starch, but do not add all at one time. You’ll want to slowly mix it in so as not to add too much water. The mixture is ready when it becomes a solid in your hand when you squeeze it and then a liquid when you relax your palm.

Step 4

Place a bucket of water nearby for a quick hand-washing station!

Educational Benefits of This Oobleck Experiment

Yes, even creative messy play can be educational for your kids! Making oobleck is a fun science experiment, sensory experience, and allows for great opportunities to learn colors and strengthen fine motor skills!

Did you know that sensory play can cause the brain to make new connections and grow? This is one of the many reasons I love sensory play! Add some cups and spoons and this will also help your child strengthen their fine motor skills. See our full list of sensory activities for more sensory play ideas!

Older kids can enjoy making the oobleck, experimenting with the amount of corn starch to water to make the perfect non newtonian fluid. They will be amazed to see how the mixture. can be both a solid and a liquid at the same time.

oobleck science experiment with corn starch and water

 If you makes lots of oobleck, you could even try to walk on top of it! Kids will see that if they walk quickly it will stay solid, but if they walk slowly, their feet will sink into the liquid!

oobleck science experiment with corn starch and water

Educational Benefits of This Oobleck Experiment

Yes, even creative messy play can be educational for your kids! Making oobleck is a fun science experiment, sensory experience, and allows for great opportunities to learn colors and strengthen fine motor skills!

Did you know that sensory play can cause the brain to make new connections and grow? This is one of the many reasons I love sensory play! Add some cups and spoons and this will also help your child strengthen their fine motor skills. See our full list of sensory activities for more sensory play ideas!

Older kids can enjoy making the oobleck, experimenting with the amount of corn starch to water to make the perfect non newtonian fluid. They will be amazed to see how the mixture. can be both a solid and a liquid at the same time.

If you makes lots of oobleck, you could even try to walk on top of it! Kids will see that if they walk quickly it will stay solid, but if they walk slowly, their feet will sink into the liquid!

More Sensory Bases to Explore

Here are my top picks for toys you can buy that strengthen toddler fine motor skills!

slime kit sensory play for kids

The Ultimate Slime and Putty Kit

This kit includes 8 fascinating varieties of slime and putty, including premade putty, magnetic slime, glow in the dark putty, and so much more.

sensory sand play for kids

Sensory Sand

Sensory sand is moldable! This bulk pack comes with enough to fill an entire bin for lasting fun! Bonus points for including a storage bin!

mad mattr sensory dough modeling dough

Modelling Dough

This modelling dough compound NEVER dries out! It is a fun texture – it is stretchy like play dough, moldable like kinetic sand, and odorless.

play dough wild dough sensory

Premium Play Dough

This play dough is the cream of the crop! It is ridiculously silky and smooth, lasts for 6 months, and is scented!

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Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers – Poke the Porcupine

Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers – Poke the Porcupine

Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers – Poke the Porcupine

child plays game to strengthen pincer grasp

This fine motor activity for toddlers is a fun way to strengthen pincer grasp, hand eye coordination, and more!

Setting it up is simple, but we made it even easier with a free printable porcupine that you can just tape to a box! Read on to get it!

A Fun Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers 

If you are looking for a way to help your toddler strengthen their fingers and pincer graps, then this the perfect activity!

Picking up toothpicks takes some serious concentration for toddlers. Sticking them into the porcupine will give them satisfaction and encourage them to keep going! For safety, use toothpicks that have a blunt tip, I link to one below! 

Don’t miss our full list of fine motor activities for more fun ideas! 

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Watch the Video to See This Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers in Action!

 

Here’s a quick video of my toddler pushing the toothpicks into the cardboard porcupine. As you can see, she loves adding all the sticky quills to the cute little porcupine. Remember, it is always important to supervise an activity like this!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Watch the Video to See This Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers in Action!

Here’s a quick video of my toddler pushing the toothpicks into the cardboard porcupine. As you can see, she loves adding all the sticky quills to the cute little porcupine. Remember, it is always important to supervise an activity like this!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

printable fine motor skills activity with animals

Make Your Own Cardboard Porcupine Activity or Grab Our Free Printable!

The prep work and set-up could not be easier! You don’t have to spend a lot of time buying lots of supplies either. And since we know grown ups are busy, we also have a free printable with spikey animals that you can just pop on a box instead of drawing one!

For more activities you can easily print visit our Printable Shop.

The pointy ends of the toothpicks make this a fantastic sensory activity for toddlers. Be careful though – use blunt toothpicks and always supervise. If you can’t find blunt toothpicks, use cotton swabs, paper straws, or pipe cleaners instead!

Read on for the step by step instructions and the educational benefits of this fine motor activity for toddlers!

Materials

  • Toothpicks (or pipe cleaners)

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Draw a porcupine on a small box or tape our free printable porcupine instead!

Step 2

Use a small screwdriver or sharp knife to create the holes. Remember to keep them small because they will expand as your kiddo pokes the toothpick through.  

Step 3

Stick toothpicks or pipe cleaners through the holes you made in the porcupine. 

Step 4

Younger toddlers can pull the spikes out of the porcupine or push them through the holes. Older toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy putting the toothpicks in the holes themselves!

Step 1

Draw a porcupine on a small box or tape our free printable porcupine instead!

Step 2

Use a small screwdriver or sharp knife to create the holes. Remember to keep them small because they will expand as your kiddo pokes the toothpick through. 

Step 3

Stick toothpicks or pipe cleaners through the holes you made in the porcupine. 

Step 4

Younger toddlers can pull the spikes out of the porcupine or push them through the holes. Older toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy putting the toothpicks in the holes themselves!

Educational Benefits of the Porcupine Activity

You are going to love how many early childhood education benefits there are of this simple little activity. 

Picking up or pushing down on the toothpicks is sensory play. Not only do they see the toothpicks, but they feel the edges too. When toddlers feel different textures, it creates new connections in their minds. 

Not only does it engage their mind, but it strengthens their fine motor skills. That movement of trying to pinch the toothpicks with their thumb and fingers is called the pincer grasp. It’s important for other skills like tying their shoes and holding a pencil. 

child playing game to strengthen fine motor skills by poking toothpicks or cotton swabs into a box shaped like a porcupine

Add some letters and numbers to the porcupine for older kids. Then, ask them to poke the toothpicks through each letter and number. This is a fun activity that can grow with your child!  

child playing game to strengthen fine motor skills by poking toothpicks or cotton swabs into a box shaped like a porcupine

Educational Benefits of the Porcupine Activity

You are going to love how many early childhood education benefits there are of this simple little activity. 

Picking up or pushing down on the toothpicks is sensory play. Not only do they see the toothpicks, but they feel the edges too. When toddlers feel different textures, it creates new connections in their minds. 

Not only does it engage their mind, but it strengthens their fine motor skills. That movement of trying to pinch the toothpicks with their thumb and fingers is called the pincer grasp. It’s important for other skills like tying their shoes and holding a pencil. 

Add some letters and numbers to the porcupine for older kids. Then, ask them to poke the toothpicks through each letter and number. This is a fun activity that can grow with your child!

Store-Bought Fine Motor Activities For Toddlers

Here are my top picks for toys you can buy that strengthen toddler fine motor skills!

Buckle and Threading Pillow

This colorful pillow is fantastic for fine motor skills with 12 buckles to explore as well as a threading exercise!

Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog 

These chunky spikes are easy for little hands to grasp while strengthening muscles as they fit into the back of the hedgehog!

Big Lacing Beads 

Threading large wooden beads are great for strengthening fine motor skills! This set includes 30 beads and 2 colorful laces!

Pull and Play Tissue Box

This fun toy is a play tissue box that comes with 12 reusable scarves to encourage grasping and fine motor skills!

What’s Next?

How To Make Taste-Safe Foam For Sensory Play

How To Make Taste-Safe Foam For Sensory Play

How To Make Taste-Safe Foam For Sensory Play  

Use this recipe to make taste-safe foam for toddlers and preschoolers. It is so easy to make and is truly the perfect sensory base for young kids who put everything in their mouth! 

If you want to do sensory-based activities with your little one, but worry that he or she puts everything in their mouth, then this recipe is for you! I had the same worry! Making foam out of dish soap or shaving cream simply isn’t safe, but everything changed when I discovered that you could make a foam using bean water (you read that right!)!

The Magic of Aquafaba  

What is aquafaba? It’s a fluffy foam created from whipped up bean water. The translation is literally, “bean water.” People who are allergic to eggs use this as an egg replacement in food recipes. 

Aquafaba is also used to replace shaving cream and dish soap in sensory bins so that toddlers can dig right in without any worries of toxicity. 

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Watch the Video to See the Foam in Action

Once I made the foam (see the how-to below!), I added it to one bin, and then added water to the other bin. My little girl enjoyed playing with it – scooping, splashing, and squeezing. Having the water nearby allowed her to wash her hands if they felt too icky! 

Watch the video and you’ll see how much this foam looks like soap foam or shaving cream! Best part, of course, is she can stick her fingers in her mouth without me worrying!.

Watch the Video to See the Foam in Action

Once I made the taste-safe foam (see the how-to below!), I added it to one bin, and then added water to the other bin. My little girl enjoyed playing with it – scooping, splashing, and squeezing. Having the water nearby allowed her to wash her hands if they felt too icky! 

Watch the video and you’ll see how much this foam looks like soap foam or shaving cream! Best part, of course, is she can stick her fingers in her mouth without me worrying!.

How to Make Your Own Taste-Safe Foam

This is going to be something you use for lots of other sensory-based activities, so bookmark it! 

All you need to make this foam is a can of beans. If you only have dried beans, then soak 1 cup of dried beans in 2.5 cups of water overnight and use the liquid the beans soaked in.  I have found the can of water works best though.

One thing I love about this foam is how safe it is for the environment. I don’t feel bad dumping it out in the yard or letting it go down the drain – it’s just water from beans.

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links. 

Materials

  • Water from 1 can of beans, I’ve found chickpeas work best!
  • Electric Mixer

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Place the water from the can of beans in a bowl. 

Step 2

Whip up the water with an electric mixer. 

Step 3

Keep whipping for 3-6 minutes or until stiff peaks form in the water. 

 

Step 4

If you want a firmer texture, add a dash of cream of tartar.

Step 5

Color the foam with food coloring for some vibrancy!

Step 1

Place the water from the can of beans in a bowl. 

Step 2

Whip up the water with an electric mixer. 

Step 3

Keep whipping for 3-6 minutes or until stiff peaks form in the water. 

Step 4

If you want a firmer texture, add a dash of cream of tarter.

Step 5

Color the foam with food coloring for some vibrancy!

 

Educational Benefits of Sensory Play

What I love about this taste-safe foam is that it allows my toddler to engage safely in sensory play, while learning that sensory materials aren’t to put in her mouth. In other words, adults do not have to worry if a child does put the foam in their mouth, but they should use this as an opportunity to teach the child that sensory materials aren’t for the mouth.

Sensory play is so educational for toddlers. When they feel different textures, they are actively interacting with their environment. This causes their mind to create new connections and grow. Anytime you want to set up sensory play for your little one, don’t forget about the power of bean water! 

It is also the very first steps of scientific curiosity. They begin to wonder, “what is this” and explore it. Toddlers use all 5 senses to understand what it is. That’s why it’s so important to give them a safe way to explore when they play.  

Educational Benefits of Sensory Play

What I love about this taste-safe foam is that it allows my toddler to engage safely in sensory play, while learning that sensory materials aren’t to put in her mouth. In other words, adults do not have to worry if a child does put the foam in their mouth, but they should use this as an opportunity to teach the child that sensory materials aren’t for the mouth.

Sensory play is so educational for toddlers. When they feel different textures, they are actively interacting with their environment. This causes their mind to create new connections and grow. Anytime you wan to set up sensory play for your little one, don’t forget about the power of bean water! 

It is also the very first steps of scientific curiosity. They begin to wonder, “what is this” and explore it. Toddlers use all 5 senses to understand what it is. That’s why it’s so important to give them a safe way to explore when they play.  

More Sensory Activities For Young Kids

Here are my top picks for sensory play items for toddlers and babies!

Premium Play Dough

This play dough is the cream of the crop! It is ridiculously silky and smooth, lasts for 6 months, and is scented!

Sensory Bin Tools

This set comes with 7 items including bowls, scoops, and a tong. A great set for learning practical life skills through sensory play.

Ultimate Play Sink

This battery powered sink recirculates water for a fun sensory play that will hold your toddler’s attention span!