{Oh So Sweet} Sensory Bin for the Babies

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Activities for 1 year olds?  There are so many activities and games out there for toddlers and preschoolers, but having become a mom for the second time around, I am remembering what it was like to stare at my new baby and think, “Now what?

When our kids start to toddle, it seems easier to find activities, but what about activities for one year oldsand infants?  My baby daughter and I talk, we smile, we sing, and we play, but I never quite know what else to do with this little person.

Our older children enjoy sensory bins so I decided to try to come up with an idea for a collection of items for babies that was, beyond anything else, safe (i.e., no choking hazards).  I browsed the aisles of the dollar store and the grocery store and even looked around my own house.  It wasn’t until I was visiting a friend and she opened an old box with a scrunchy in it that I came up with my idea.  That night, I went home and dug out all of my old scrunchies.  I haven’t worn them in about 15 years, but I never threw them out (being a pack rat sometimes has its merits).  I tossed them all in the washing machine to freshen them up and searched for a suitable container.

Activities for 1 year Olds

My 6 month old daughter was presented with the cookie tin of different colored and textured scrunchies.

She immediately grabbed a few and tried to “eat” them (which is what I expected would happen).  She would pull them away and look at what she had been munching on and then she would put them right back to her mouth.

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Amy is stay at home mom to a 4 year old son and a 18 month old baby girl. Before becoming a mom, Amy was an elementary school teacher and has a Master's in Literacy Education and a Reading Specialist certificate. She is also the director and teacher of a local Kindermusik program. She loves theater, music, and dance, and of course, playing with her children. Amy writes Stuck Under a Baby, tweets as @stuckunderababy and can be found on Facebook.

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