This week, Zero to Two:: A Book of Play, launched. So, I thought I’d share some of my favorite baby play activities to celebrate it’s release.
Earlier this week, Baby E was all over his older brother’s painting, and wanted to paint so bad. So, I decided to set him up with his own painting activity.
The invitation was really simple:
I rolled out a big sheet of white paper and added a few circles of washable paint. That’s it…super easy.
I put E in only his diaper and let him explore the paint.
Explore he did!
This isn’t just “artwork” for baby, but more of a sensory experience.
He stopped frequently to look at the paint on his hands and feet.
He felt the cool, wet, squishy feeling of the paint. Saw the bright colors and how it spread across the paper.
He seemed to have a good time with it. He didn’t really laugh or even smile, but he was really focused and paid attention to all the sensations the activity provided.
Sure, it was a bit messy. I did allow him to crawl off the paper some. It was floor mopping day anyway, so I didn’t mind a bit of washable paint on the floor.
Because the paint is washable, washing it off his body was really easy too.
This was a really great activity for him, and something I think I’ll do again.