In this activity, the baby will use exploration and fine motor skills to pull fabric squares out of a tissue box.
Learning Area(s): Physical Development; Sensory and Art
- Old tissue box or baby wipes box with opening on the top
- Squares of fabric or pieces of lightweight material
Fill the empty tissue box or baby wipes box with scraps of textured material or fabric large enough not to choke on, with part of the first piece sticking out of the opening. While your baby is seated on the floor, encourage him to pull out the fabric pieces one at a time. For each piece of material, pull it so that it sticks out of the opening enough for the baby to see and grab. Talk to your baby about the shapes, textures, and colors of each piece as he pulls it out. This activity can be repeated over and over again.
- You can also show your baby how to put the fabric back into the box. You can use location words and phrases such as in the box or out of the box.
- Your baby may enjoy exploring all the pieces once he pulls them out of the box. You can make a game of putting a piece of fabric on the baby’s head, on your head, or on his lap or shoulder for him to remove.
- For toddlers, you can demonstrate counting the fabric pieces as each one comes out of the box or goes back in.