This Sensory Baby Play with Paper activity was Baby N’s first “dedicated” sensory activity when he was 4 months old!
Before it occurred to me to just give him some paper to play with, I had him on my lap at my desk, and he kept hitting the pages of a book I had open with his hand over and over again.
It reminded me of how E used to LOVE paper when she was a baby. In fact, she was never big on toys as a baby, she always preferred “real” items. Looks like N shares at least some of his sister’s love of paper 🙂
(N was 4 months old.)
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Materials for Baby Play with Paper:
- Paper. That’s all. It can be any kind of paper you’re comfortable with – chances are your baby will put it in his or her mouth. We’ve used plain printer paper, tissue paper, and we let him explore the gift wrap at Christmas but didn’t let him mouth the gift wrap too much.
We started out with plain typing paper that I crumpled up for easier holding.
N had plenty of fun with it. It was even interesting enough to motivate him to work on turning over but he wasn’t quite there yet at the time.
The next time, I wanted to try something different and gave him a sheet of yellow tissue paper – without crumpling it to start with. I just put it on top of him like a blanket, and he got pretty excited about it.
We did a bit of peekaboo
and after I’d slightly crumpled it after all, he was able to grab it with both hands to explore further.
It definitely went to the mouth but he was just exploring, not interested in eating it.
In the end, the tissue paper started to disintegrate a little but by then, N was pretty much done with it, anyway.
Here’s Baby N in action:
And the best part is – older kids can still have fun with paper, too! This is 2 year old E playing with the newspaper 🙂
Do your kids enjoy playing with paper? What’s their favorite simple sensory activity? Tell me in the comments below!
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