In this activity, your baby will kick tissue paper to create a noise, providing a cause-and-effect sensory learning experience.
Learning Area(s): Physical Development
- Tissue paper
Place a blanket on the floor next to the edge of the couch. Tuck two sheets of tissue paper under the cushion of the couch so that they hang down to the floor like a curtain. Take your baby’s socks off and lay him on his back with his feet against the tissue. If your baby is slow to start kicking, tap the paper with your hand or gently push his feet against it. Once the noise begins, the baby will keep kicking.
- Careful supervision is required for this activity in case the baby rolls or the tissue paper falls.
- If you don’t have a couch, or want to try another variation, you can try taping the top edge of the tissue paper to a baby “activity gym” frame or other very stable piece of furniture that the baby can safely kick at with his legs.
- Add language to this activity by saying words like,“Kick, kick!” or, “You are really kicking those legs!” as your baby kicks at the paper, labeling his feet and toes and talking with him about the sound the paper makes.