Tummy time is a big step in babies development. Its the first stage for the movements that will follow (army crawl, crawling, walking and on!).
This stage helps our little ones strengthen their necks and core, become aware and curious of the world surrounding them and encourages them to start moving.
Always make sure to supervise all activities and never leave your kid alone while trying new ideas.
1 – Paint in a zip-lock
Put different colors of any kind of paint (acrylic/tempera/etc) inside a strong ziplock and make sure the bag is secured.
A good option is to go for primary colors. Babies can start realizing the differences between each and will be interested at the texture of the bag and the reaction of the paint as they make pressure and colors start mixing.
If your baby is starting to move you can place the bag a bit out of reach to encourage them to go get it. Avoid them getting frustrated but always try to challenge them a bit for them to become stronger and more aware day by day!
2 – Pictures and Images of the world
Babies love to see other babies making faces, animals, objects, etc. You can get images from any magazine, pictures of the family, or books.
Always try and opt for real images to benefit the perception of the real world instead of abstract images or drawings.
3 – Bubble-wrap mat
Get any kind of size of bubble wrap (big bubbles is a good choice) and cut a portion of 15-20 in. Ideally secure it to the floor
Use it as a mat and make sure you supervise the activity to avoid any chocking hazards. Your baby will enjoy the texture of this activity and even the sound it makes.
As a variation you can place your baby facing up and he will love kicking and hitting the improvised mat
4 – Plastic Mirror
Place a small mirror on the carpet or on a mat on the floor and allow you baby to investigate and look at herself. You can put it in different places and also allow her to see you in the reflection.
The mirror helps to develop self recognition, making faces and movements and is a great sensorial and social activity for your baby.
5 – Sound and Color Plastic Jars Maracas
You can buy some plastic jars at any art store and fill them with different kinds of rocks, stones, color beads, anything that is colorful and makes a sound
Safety First!! Because of the tiny pieces always make sure to secure the jar lid and ideally glue it together to avoid any kind of choking hazard.
6 – Create your own sensorial mat
Use different fabric leftovers, an old glove, silk, wool, bubble wrap, eva rubber, frieze, etc to create your own textures mat and allow your little one to feel and investigate.
These are just a few simple ideas to help your little one explore the world, what other ideas did you think of?