You can find the other posts in our Baby Play series here:
Exploring the Kitchen:  Part I
Exploring Sticky
Exploring Float

After X's exploration of kitchen utensils and bowls in Exploring the Kitchen Part One, I decided to make a Part Two the next day using items that represented the different textures found in a kitchen.

I was surprised by how many different textures there were!  I decided to tape everything down to discourage mouthing.  Please note if you are doing this activity with a baby, they will need to be very closely supervised as these items could present choking risk and are not intended to be consumed.  From left to right, I laid out and taped down:  wax paper, foil, plastic wrap, paper towel, plastic grocery bag, paper grocery bag, and parchment paper.

I set X down on the mat and he immediately dove for the shiny foil.  He liked the crinkly noise it made when he touched it, and I'm assuming he also enjoyed the reflective shine.

Next he tried out the wax paper.  He felt it and crinkled it a bit before deciding that the foil was better at both.  :)

Despite being really delicate with it, a small chunk happened to tear off.  I reminded him it was not for eating and sat very close by monitoring as he brought it closer to him for a more detailed inspection.

He did hesitantly try to taste it, but mostly stuck to exploring it.

After spending quite some time twisting, touching, and crinkling the foil, he spied the giant paper bag....and fell in love.

No.  Really.  In love.  He's actually kissing the bag right here.  I have no idea why!  He lay there cooing at it, and kicking his little feet in delight for quite some time.

And now a hug for the paper bag.  Oh my.  So much love.

After pouring his heart out to the paper bag, we finally convinced him to check out the other textures.  He very quickly inspected the others, spending just a few moments with each.

Because ultimately, no matter how crinkly or unique the other textures were, they were just not as good as a paper bag.

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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.


  1. Oh wow X seems to have so much fun with this simple yet interesting activity. will try it with my babies. love it!
    Vina(RCP Worker)

    1. Hi Vina! Yes, he loved all the crinkly textures and sounds...and especially that paper bag for whatever reason! Hope that your babies enjoy it as well! :) Thank you for taking the time to comment!!!

  2. I know this post is from a while back, but what age was X at this point? I think my daughter is maybe close to being able to enjoy some of these, but will probably need some modifications since she can't quite sit on her own just yet (almost 6 months)

    1. I think he was around 10 months, but I know I had a few readers successfully try it by handing younger babies the different textures (and of course watching closely to make sure they didn't go in the mouth) to crinkle and explore when they were in a bouncer chair. Every time they try it, they notice a little more, so it's definitely one you could try now and then repeat later when she's sitting solo.

  3. My daughter loved playing with the textures (and SOUNDS) this morning! She turned into the Hulk, though and ripped off pieces of everything. :) Thanks for a great idea.

    1. Hahahahahaha I love it! So glad you guys had fun with it. <3


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