Can you believe that it’s Christmas eve? If you’ve got family in town, or you’re traveling to visit folks for Christmas, you might need some activities in your pocket to keep your baby entertained.
Darrol Henry is a really good baby, but he still gets antsy when he gets bored, and he loved the afternoon when I mixed up our playtime to get a little messy and a lot of fun.
This sensory play activity is one that I originally shared over at Crafting a Green World, and Darrol and I just did this one afternoon when we had nothing else to do. I think it would be a great way to keep a kiddo busy during Christmas preparations, too, especially if you have a lot of cooking to do. Just sit that babe in the high chair, and give him this sensory play activity. That way, your baby can be in the room with you, but you don’t have to actively entertain him the whole time. Bam!
Easiest Sensory Play Activity Ever
This sensory play activity is based on this one from Mama Smiles. The big change that I made to make this more age-appropriate was the sort of flour. My son ate quite a bit of the chickpea flour that we used, so I was happy that I chose it.
I used chickpea flour instead of cornmeal, because corn is a common allergen, and some experts say not to give babies corn until they’re 10 months old. Others say 8-10 months is OK for introducing corn, so the type of flour that you choose is totally up to you. I will say that this is my first child, and I’m taking things very slowly and cautiously with him. Do what you’re comfortable with. I will not judge!
- high chair with a high-sided tray or a tray with high sides that can go on your high chair/a low table.
- chickpea flour – at least 1 cup
- a dustpan and a wet rag, for cleanup (or throw a really big towel or two under the high chair that you can gather up and stick right into the washer)
1. Dump the flour onto the tray, then sit your little one in front of it. If the tray isn’t attached to your surface, you’ll want to supervise this closely, so your kid doesn’t dump the whole thing onto the floor. Don’t get me wrong – there will still be plenty of flour on the floor – but a big spill is still no fun!
2. Show your child how you can draw in the flour with your finger or with a baby spoon. Smooth it out and draw more shapes, so he can see how to play with the flour. Then, kick back and watch.
Darrol played in his chair for almost an hour, and he had so much fun! There was flour caked on his clothes, all over his face, in his lap, and of course all over the floor. The cleanup was so worth it to watch him figure out this activity and make hand prints in the flour and laugh