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March 12, 2020

An Easy DIY for Babies to Explore Color

It's always exciting to prepare your baby's space for play! First and foremost, babies love to explore and learn through their senses. Finding something that combines those two things is my favorite. Recently, I made and created a little fun for Teddy in our playroom for him to explore color. I simply placed them out near his movement area and let him discover them on his own. 

Baby development happens best through sensory rich play and exploration. Here's an easy, baby activity to help your baby explore color.

The object here is not to learn the names of the colors or to see what colors are made from mixing them, it's simply to explore and see the world from a new perspective. This same idea would work for an older toddler/child too and then those language pieces would become more important.

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To make these window rings, you'll need: 
I took one of the sheets of cellophane and placed it over the solid inner ring of the embroidery hoop. Then placed the outside hoop on top of the cellophane sheet and tightened. Then I cut the overlap off of the hoop with simple scissors. 

Once I had 6 of the hoops made, I tied a small amount of elastic to each hoop. I got the elastic at a local craft store. I chose it so that there would be some spring as they are played with and they wouldn't too hard to manipulate. See a video of them in action here. 

Baby development happens best through sensory rich play and exploration. Here's an easy, baby activity to help your baby explore color.

I hung them very low on our sliding glass door so that the light would come through nicely and Teddy could grab them easily. They could also be hung on long pieces of elastic from a play bar or wall - whatever your space allows. If you wanted to use with an older child, just hang at their level! I will suggest that you supervise during this play, I don't personally trust that Teddy couldn't get the cellophane out of the hoop, so I always watch carefully incase one comes out. 

Baby development happens best through sensory rich play and exploration. Here's an easy, baby activity to help your baby explore color.

And, that's it! Super simple, but really engaging. Teddy sat and used these for 25-30 minutes a time each day these have been out. They make a lovely sound and movement when touched. I find it fascinating that Teddy seems to gravitate toward the same colors over and over - again showing preference and choice at such a young age! I love it. 

Baby development happens best through sensory rich play and exploration. Here's an easy, baby activity to help your baby explore color.

What easy DIYs has your baby loved? 

Baby development happens best through sensory rich play and exploration. Here's an easy, baby activity to help your baby explore color.

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