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Kitchens are full of super cool things, if you think about it from a baby's perspective! Things that clang, things that shine, things that brush - so many things to explore!
So I toured the kitchen with an eye for items that X would find interesting. He loves shiny things, and of course, there's a lot of metal in our kitchen. I managed to find several interesting utensils, along with some bowls and a colander, and set all the things out on a blanket as an invitation for him to explore.
The first thing he spied was one of his baby spoons. Honestly, he plays with them a lot when he's eating, but I guess because it was presented in a different situation it became SO cool!
Next he moved on to the colander. Whoa. So many cool little holes!
Sis was DESPERATE to jump in and play a little. She really wanted to show him that he could drum using the wooden spoon - so here she is demonstrating for him. Though he is usually very into making music, I was surprised to see that he was not deterred from his explorations.
He loved that the colander had holes and any utensil with a hole in it (the ice cream scoop handle has a small hole) was incredibly fascinating to him. I love how carefully he's inspecting it here.
From a baby's point of view, how weird is a whisk, right?
He loved the feel of the silicone bristles on this basting brush.
So I took the opportunity to tickle him with it, which he thought was hilarious.
He did spend a few minutes jingling the measuring spoons and giving me his "ooh!" face when it made noise. :)
But then he went back to exploring. I love this photo of him staring at his reflection in the tablespoon!
Next he needed to check out that hole on the handle of the ice cream scoop again. It was just barely too small for his finger to fit through.
He was delighted to find that the wooden spoon also had a hole in the handle.
All in all this was probably the longest he'd ever spent with something I set up for him. He spent a little over an hour exploring, which is like a decade in baby time!!! It was so fun to watch him. S and I had a good laugh over how intrigued he was with things we're so used to seeing every day.
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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.
This looks like so much fun! How old was X when he started focusing his attention enough to play these sorts of games?ReplyDelete
Hi Diana! He LOVED it! X was around 8 months old when he started playing with us, mostly because it took him that long to sit up. As he gets older, he develops new skills of course, so he plays with things differently as time goes on (which is also fun to watch). If you're curious about when to start sensory play with your little one, I've written a post on my thoughts here (if you haven't already read it): http://www.funathomewithkids.com/2013/02/first-sensory-experiences-what-age-is.htmlDelete
The picture of him looking at his spoon reflection is SO cool. I love his focus face!ReplyDelete
I was SO EXCITED to get that photo. :) I know what you mean - he's so serious it's adorable!Delete
I love the pictures of him with the spoons - his reflection and the one studying the hole. So cute!ReplyDelete
Thank you! I think he is the perfect baby model for my photos - always so studious and adorable! :)Delete
This is such a fun thing to do! I have the cutest pictures of the Little Engineer exploring kitchen utensils on the kitchen floor when he was a baby. Thanks for reminding me and bringing a smile to my face. :)ReplyDelete
Hahaha - so cute! I wonder if he was already imagining ways to make them into trains or train tracks? ;)Delete
Kitchen utensils make such wonderful learning tools!ReplyDelete
JDaniel4's Mom - Yes! Some of them are very oddly shaped - and of course, reflective is always interesting. :)Delete