,"Hey Mom! What is that!?!?" I love how curious babies are! Parker, along with most every other baby I know, is incredibly interested to touch and play with things are are not toys! While this leads to great frustration for both he and I over the many objects I am still try to learn to child proof (because they are dangerous), it is so fun to watch him discover newness in the world around him.
This activity turned out to be much messier than I planned! I secured green construction paper on a baking sheet and covered the paper with white sugar. Sugar has a interesting texture- similar to sand in many ways- yet sticky and sweet tasting! I taped the green construction paper underneath for the purpose of contrast so he could see the color as he drew in the sugar. Of course he tasted the sugar but did not eat more than a lick or two as it was far to sweet for his liking! He spent a good amount of time sitting still and examining the small bits of sugar on his fingers and rubbing them together curious at their sticky feel.
This did turn into a full body experience which is why it became far messier than I envisioned. If I was to do it again, I would do it right before bath time as we had stick body parts for the rest of the day regardless of how many times I attempted clean him off. Also, we had sugar all over our hard wood floor but truthfully that was much easier to clean up than the sticky baby! It's worth the mess!
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!