Baby Tummy Time Activities with ForeverYoungMoms
Excited to have a guest post from Emily Young from ForeverYoungMoms
I am always looking for ways to increase my daughter’s sensory playtime, but even more so, her tummy time. When I say that she hates being on her tummy, it’s an understatement, so getting in that important development is tough! That's when I came across this sensory play activity. We just had a three-day weekend at our disposal so this was the perfect way to spend time together! If you’re going to try it, here’s what we did!
A Gallon Sized Ziploc
Baby Safe Paint (and items for texture)
First, you place your stickers on the paper in any pattern that you want. We chose a heart and the letter U. :) We suggest you use stickers for your pattern because when we used the painter's tape we ran into some issues when we went to peel it off- you live and learn right?
Once your pattern is all set, squirt some baby safe paint in globs around different spots on the piece of paper. Cardstock paper is best for this craft; regular paper gets super soggy and doesn’t dry well- it almost cracks.
After you have your pattern and paint all set, place the paper inside the large Ziploc bag and ensure that it is closed tightly. Be careful not to smear the paint as you place it in the bag- you want to leave that fun for baby!
We used painters tape to secure the bag to the floor so that it wouldn't move as Madeline played with it. If you wanted to do this craft with an older child, you may not need to secure it to the floor. However, with babies you can set them up for tummy time and let them squish! Once your baby is done take a pair of scissors, open the plastic bag, and cut along the sides to remove the paper with ease.
As she grows, we will add different textures to our paints. I think using glitter paint would add a neat new texture for her! You can also mix regular, everyday items into the paint as well. Salt for example creates a great experience for little ones and will also leave a glistening, sparkle like finish when it dries. Similarly, rolled oats will create a more glob-like paint, making it a harder to smear, add a different texture to work with and will leave a raised finish when it’s dry. All of these ideas will make for a great sensory experience to create for your little ones!
The best part about this craft is the sensory play and tummy time for babies. And the best part for us parents? No mess! After her painting dried, I trimmed it down to fit an 8x10 matted frame. As she grows and we do more activities like this, I will just keep adding them to the same frame. When she’s older, we can look back at the progression of her art and it will double as storage for them all!
Madeline really enjoyed this activity and I loved watching her play! I think her artwork turned out pretty well too! It was a win-win for us both!
Originally posted here https://foreveryoungmoms.com/2016/06/17/diy-baby-arts-crafts/