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X loves playing in water, so I try to incorporate water into his sensory play we do whenever I can. In the vein of "exploring" - the theme I seem to have picked for the Baby Play series - I figured float would be great since it included water. :)
S and I grabbed a bunch of colorful floating things. If you have bath toys - those would be great - like a great big pile of them. The more the better for this play, in my opinion. We added some balls from our ball pit and S and I cut up some shapes out of play foam. I also randomly found these really cool giant foam cubes at a local store that was going out of business, so we tossed them in as well. X was hopping with excitement when he saw the set up!
He immediately set to work grabbing various floating objects. It was great to see him fixate on something and then reach and stretch until it was in his possession!
Now he's going for one of those amazing cubes!
Such great hand-eye coordination practice for our little guy! X is still too young to discuss colors or shape names, but you could definitely incorporate both of those with a toddler-aged child. You could even make a game of it - Can you grab the yellow square? - etc.
I couldn't resist this cool shot of our floating rainbow!
X thought it was great fun. And got wet. Of course.
S had fun, too. She liked making little structures that took advantage of the "stickiness" of wet foam (did you know you can use foam to make Window Art?).
More fun colors. I heart rainbows.
And I'll end with one shameless how-cute-are-my-babies shot. :)
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All activities here are activities I feel are safe for my own children. As your child's parents/guardians, you will need to decide what you feel is safe for your family. I always encourage contacting your child's pediatrician for guidance if you are not sure about the safety/age appropriateness of an activity. All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision. Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies). Observe caution and safety at all times. The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.