Sticky Paper Play for Babies and Preschoolers

Sticky paper play for babies and preschoolers {via Octavia and Vicky}Right now I’m all about finding activities that both my children can do together or at the same time. Multitasking! This sticky paper play is perfect.

What’s sticky paper? In Australia it’s called “contact” and it’s the stuff we use to cover our kids school books with, among other things. We can buy it at the supermarket pretty easily, especially at the beginning of the school year. This clear stuff is the easiest to find, either at stationary shops or the supermarket, and is pretty cheap too.

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Sticky Paper Play for Babies and Preschoolers

You will need:

  • 1 roll of contact (sticky paper)
  • masking tape
  • craft supplies (we used foam shapes, cup cake wrappers and pop sticks because they were the most baby friendly options)

Sticky paper play for babies and preschoolers {via Octavia and Vicky}

For baby play:

  • Cut a large rectangle of sticky paper from the roll. Carefully remove the paper backing and use masking tape to stick it sticky-side-up to the floor.
  • Show baby the paper, encourage baby to touch the paper and crawl on it. Put light toys on the paper and encourage baby to pick the toys up.

Sticky paper play for babies and preschoolers {via Octavia and Vicky}

For preschooler play: 

  • Cut a large rectangle of sticky paper from the roll. Carefully remove the paper backing and fold back the top and bottom edge to stick the paper to your chosen surface. We used a window but you could use a wall or easel.
  • Stand back and watch the creativity flow! Preschoolers love creating on sticky easels like this. It’s also great for toddlers and school kids – we had another go a week or so later when my 8 year old nephew came over to visit. He loved it :)

Looking for more fun things to do with preschoolers and babies? Try these:

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Shaving Foam Sensory Bag - Quick, easy, mess free fun for kids of all ages

Ball and Tube Play for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers

DIY Baby Play Ideas

DIY Baby Play Ideas {via Octavia and Vicky}

Rocky is really keeping me on my toes at the moment. He’s crawling, pulling himself up to standing using anything he can get his hands on and trying his very best to take his first steps. Can someone please tell this kid that he’s only just eight months old!? The other day, while I was busy rushing around, doing one thing or another, I threw some dried lentils into an empty (clean, dry) water bottle container and gave it to him to play with. He LOVES it! He takes it in the bath, he throws it across the room, he bashes it on cardboard boxes and slobbers all over it. It reminded me of all the awesome baby play ideas that I’ve seen around the interwebs and I thought, why not put them some of the best ideas together in one handy place? You’re welcome.

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DIY Baby Play Ideas

Post the blocks (Learn with Play at Home)

Marble paint and play (Happy Whimsical Hearts)

The disappearing act (Laughing Kids Learn)

DIY Baby Play {via Octavia and Vicky}

Wet chalk play (Lessons Learnt Journal)

Crawler obstacle course (Hands on as we Grow)

Baby sensory tray (Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dogs Tails)

Sensory water bag (Paint on the Ceiling)

Shiny paper play (Teach Preschool)

Glitter bottles (Mama Smiles)

DIY Baby Play {via Octavia and Vicky}

Treasure baskets for babies (NurtureStore)

Vehicles, balls and ramps (Childhood 101)

DIY ribbon tag play (Adventures at Home with Mum)

DIY Baby Play {via Octavia and Vicky}

Bottle top bell (Picklebums)

Foamy treasure bottle (The Imagination Tree)

Ball and tube play (Octavia and Vicky)

DIY Baby Play {via Octavia and Vicky}

Discovery box (Just for Daisy)

Jelly play (Playing and Learning Begins at Home)

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Ball and Tube Play

Ball and Tube Play for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers

Ball and Tube Play for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers

Pebble and Rocky have been having lots of fun playing with balls and tunnels at our house. This ball and tube play, with nursery rhyme sing-a-long, is awesome fun for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. This is how we did it.

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Ball and Tube Play

You will need:

  • one large cardboard tube (we recycled an old post tube)
  • wrapping paper (optional)
  • sticky tape (optional)
  • <scissors
  • string or ribbon
  • a large cardboard box (we used four smaller boxes stuck together)
  • small balls (tennis balls are great – remember not to use anything too small or baby might eat it!)

To make:

  1. Wrap the cardboard tube in the wrapping paper and stick it down using the sticky tape (optional).
  2. Make four holes in the bottom of the cardboard box, ready to thread your ribbon through to secure the tube. We figured out where to make our holes by holding the tube up against the box first.
  3. Thread your string or ribbon through the holes to create a loop for the cardboard tube to sit in. Put the the cardboard tube into position as you do this, so that it becomes secured in place.
  4. Start playing!

Tip: If you don’t have a cardboard box you could try securing your cardboard tube to a fence or gate outside.

Sing a long

While we were playing we were singing this little song.
(to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
Roll, roll, roll the ball
Push it through the tunnel
Roll, roll, roll the ball
Push it through the tunnel

Ball and Tube Play for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers
Ball and Tube Play for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers

There was so much learning going on during this little play scenario.

Pebble (aged 3 years, 9 months) was learning:

  • estimating measurements when wrapping the tube and securing it to the box
  • sharing and turn taking when playing with her baby brother
  • making meaning through music when singing about rolling the ball
  • patience for her little brother’s efforts at getting the ball into the tube.

Rocky (aged 7 months) was learning:

  • to pull himself up while reaching up to put the balls in the tube
  • grasping small objects while grabbing the balls
  • investigation through play – what happens when I put the ball in the tube?
  • sharing and turn taking when playing with his big sister
  • perseverance when trying to get the ball into the tube while balancing

Fisher Price Giveaway

Giveaway - Fisher Price Prize Pack

The awesome people over at Fisher-Price are big advocates of baby and children’s play, and as their Play Ambassador they’ve given me the chance to giveaway two of their most popular toys to Australian Octavia and Vicky readers.

  • Prize 1: Laugh & Learn Apptivity Story Book – This sturdy case (that looks just like baby’s favourite book!) will protect your iPhone (3GS, 4 & 4S or iPod touch 4G) from dribbles, drool, teething and sticky little fingers. Baby will love unlocking never-ending content at the turn of a page – just open and close the case cover to advance app content!
  • Prize 2: Laugh & Learn Crawl Around Car – put your little one in the driver’s seat of a fun-filled stationary vehicle with all-around learning and play. The interactive lights and sounds dashboard of the Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Crawl Around Car keeps your baby busy with a light-up baby “GPS”, horn to honk, gears to shift, and more. With over 75 sung songs, tunes and phrases, and three modes of play, there’s plenty of fuel for learning adventures and fun!

Christmas is coming up, these toys could be a great way to help Santa fill those stockings and sacks this year.

To enter simply leave a comment answering this question:

What is your child’s favourite nursery rhyme?

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Shaving Foam Sensory Bag

Want some quick, easy, mess free play for all ages? Then try out this shaving foam sensory bag!
Shaving Foam Sensory Bag - Quick, easy, mess free fun for kids of all ages

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Shaving Foam Sensory Bag

  1. Take one medium or large zip lock bag.
  2. Squirt in some shaving foam.
  3. Drop in some food colouring.
  4. Seal the zip lock bag (don’t forget this part! – use duct tape if you feel the need).
  5. PLAY!

Baby play:

Shaving Foam Sensory Bag - Quick, easy, mess free fun for kids of all ages

Rocky had a grand old time bashing and squeezing away at this bag while in his high chair. He was also quite fond of throwing if over the side, so after a few minutes I taped it down. More bashing continued. We will definitely be doing this again and again, it will be really interesting to see how his play changes as he develops.

Preschooler play:

Shaving Foam Sensory Bag - Quick, easy, mess free fun for kids of all ages

Pebble also had her own bag to play with. She loved squeezing the foam so that the colours mixed. Then she took both bags into the bath for play. I cut a hole in the corner of one bag so that Pebble could squeeze the foam out like “spaghetti”. The other bag was used with some cups to make potions.

I wish I had been able to take some snaps of her play, but I was busy juggling a wiggly worm of a baby who was fresh out of the bath himself. It’s probably for the best that I didn’t drop the baby just so that I could take photos, right?

More sensory play ideas:

Zip Lock Bag PaintingShaving Foam Prints Gloop Snowy Road Bath Play

 

Jingle Jangle Socks for Baby Play

DIY Jingle Jangle Socks for Baby Play

Rocky is really enjoying kicking his legs during play time and I thought it would be fun to encourage more kicking by making some musical socks for him. I found a few small bells, bought at a discount shop at Christmas time, and sewed them to a pair of his socks. I am NOT a sewer, this is about the limit of my sewing skills, and it was easy.

I popped the socks on Rocky’s feet and he kicked away happily, then stopped. Then kicked a little. Then stopped. Then kicked like crazy! Why not make your own Jingle Jangle Socks?

DIY Jingle Jangle Socks for Baby Play

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Jingle Jangle Socks

You will need:

  • one pair of baby socks
  • eight small bells (or four larger bells)
  • cotton in your choice of colour
  • a needle

To make:

  • Sew the bells to the outside of the ankle area on each sock. Done!

To play:

  • Place the socks on the baby.
  • Encourage him to kick by chatting to him about his kicking.
  • Try gently pushing on his feet with your hands to stimulate more kicking.
  • Perhaps play some music to kick along to.

Note: Make sure that you sew the bells tightly to each sock and always supervise your baby while they are wearing the socks.

How does your baby like to play?

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