At 9 months old, Ms A loves crawling around exploring her surroundings, touching and feeling everything. So we had to make her one of these! She loves her homemade baby sensory play mat and it was really easy to make. Here’s how…
I decided to make her something which would tease her senses. I used a roll of wrapping paper and things I had around the house to make a baby sensory play mat for her.
I laid the wallpaper on the kitchen floor and used sticky tape to attach it to the floor. I used the method of placing the tape onto of the paper so it overlapped covering half the paper’s edge and half of the floor. This ensured that the paper would not be pulled up by little fingers.
Then I raided the cupboards for things that she would find interesting.
Here’s a closer look at what I used:
- Old CDs
- Some sticky-backed paper placed onto the cardboard sticky side facing up
- Two paint bags (I made these by putting paint into a sandwich bag and then placing the bag into a ziplock bag to doubly seal it)
- I used permanent marker pens to draw patterns
- Some scrunched up brown paper (again I used sticky tape overlapped around it to stick it down)
- A piece of felt (It’s actually a brand new duster from the pound store)
- Some bubble wrap
- A piece of shiny reflective card
- Play dough placed in a ziplock bag
I also used a cardboard box to make a simple tunnel.
I threaded ribbon through holes and secured tightly with a knot. (Obviously adult supervision is required at all times.)
She loved crawling through.
She especially seemed to like the squishy paint bags.
And the bubble wrap.
It literally cost pennies to make using materials we already had kicking about and she thinks it’s fab.
If you like this then you could also check out our:
Baby Sensory Discovery Den which can be used from newborn onwards before your baby is mobile.
And Ms A loved this Baby Sensory Taggy Box.
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