BABY DISCOVERY DEN INSTRUCTIONS
The world went crazy over this sensory den!!
Here are the instructions for our baby discovery den. The photos should be an easy guide to follow but please view each photo for instructions.
The discovery box is intended as a sensory den for young babies that are not mobile. The ideal age would be around 6 weeks when the baby is intrigued by light/colour & all things shiny. For this we used a pack of battery operated fairy lights, which can be purchased in pound stores, and some old DVDs. We also added some family photos as Ms A is taking an interest in facial recognition.
We used a box that was slightly wider than Ms A’s arm span.
* Please note that your baby should always be supervised.
* Regarding hanging bells: these were tied extremely securely and we’re not intended for Ms A to use as she was not yet unable to grasp/roll. The intention of the bells are for us to jingle to stimulate her hearing. If your baby is able to grasp or you intend to leave your child unsupervised (which you should not) then it is advised to not include them.
You can see our discovery den in action here BABY SENSORY DEN.
First we picked our box.
We cut all the flaps off of one end and turned the box upside down.
We carefully cut out an arch on either side where ms A would lay under.
I attached the lights on by making holes on the top and poking the bulbs through. I made sure the wire between each bulb was taut to stop it dangling through and keep the bulbs tight to the ceiling.
I made the holes using an X cut before pushing the bulbs through.
We then used strong sticky tape to attach some old DVDs to the roof.
Effective! I cut a window in one end and some flaps in the other by cutting a H onto the cardboard and folding the H to enable it to open and close. (See later photo)
I printed out some family photos and stuck them onto the inside of the box using sticky tape.
Here’s the H cut that was made before bending the cardboard to create an opening window.
We then covered the box with someone me old wallpaper we had kicking about.
We attached family photos to the inside of our window shutters.
We used ribbon to attach our jingle bell, we tied these very securely.
Again please note….
*Regarding hanging bells: these were tied extremely securely and we’re not intended for Ms A to use as she was not yet unable to grasp/roll. The intention of the bells are for us to jingle to stimulate her hearing. If your baby is able to grasp or you intend to leave your child unsupervised (which you should not) then it is advised to not include them.
We made a sign to stick on our discovery den.
We used sticky tape to secure the lights battery pack to the top of the box and safely out of the way.
And it was all ready for discovery!
We placed it on the floor and placed Ms A under it.
She was intrigued by the lights.
And she loved dad popping his head through the peek a boo window.
Ms A loved her discovery den, made with love.
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