Who knew an old box and some string could be so entertaining? I am behind on uploading activities to my Baby Learn And Play blog so I made this box almost a month ago and we have been playing with it ever since. I poked holes in the sides of the boxes and knotted different textured and colored strings, ribbons, material through the holes connecting them so that when he pulled on one side the other side disappears inside the box. It is such an simple and cheap activity but is great for developing fine motor skills! I keep this box up and bring it down when Parker seems boarded with his toys. I find that he is much less interested in adult made toys these days and much more intrigued by objects that I prefer he not touch - the garbage can, a hot coffee mug, a tv remote, a sharp corner,etc. I can't turn my head these days so I am always looking for safe objects to keep him occupied in my vision while I made dinner, washes dishes, etc.
I would love to see photos of your discovery box! Let me know how it goes!
So in case you are all wondering... this is what is called a "Pinterest fail"! I found this great pin of a baby painting mess free with some plastic wrap around a baking sheet with some paper and paint globs for exploration. Mess free they said! My 8 month old took one look at that nonsense and said... "I have a better idea!"!
I will not lie. We made a big mess but he had so much fun that it was worth it. I have the beautiful artwork hanging on my fridge as as memory and I promise the Pinterest original idea was not near as great!
He mixed colors, giggled as he fell from the slippy wet paint, worked to control his body parts to make his master piece! I love it!
Holly Flanders- I am an educational professional with a career that has been focused on infants - 3year old curriculum development as well as the quality vetting and training of childcare professionals. I am a new mommy on a mission to 'practice what I have preached' with my baby boy while helping new mammas and childcare professionals come up with easy and fun activities to help the babies they love learn and grow!