I called this one "scarf play" but really, it could be any fabric play. Gather as many different types of scarves or materials as you can find and let your child play!
Touching many different types of fabric texture is great for babies and toddlers. This is especially true if your child ever gets upset at having long sleeves, itchy sweaters, wearing a hat, or putting on certain clothes.
Try to get each of these materials for a nice variety of textures for your child to touch:
- Silky scarf
- Tulle fabric (tutu fabric)
- "Itchy" knitted scarf
- Regular cotton
- Stretchy cotton
- Soft blanket fabric
- Feathery boa
Some scarf plan sensory ideas:
- Dress up (or dress your baby up if they're too young)
- Dress up or swaddle the dolls and toys
- Put the stuffed animals to sleep and cover them with the fabric
- Make shapes on the floor with a scarf
- Play peekaboo
- Teach your children how to fold
- Show your child a ribbon rhythm gymnastics video and have them imitate
- Feed thin scarves through an empty toilet paper roll
- Stuff fabric into empty tissue box or wipes container
- Stuff fabric or scarves into a plastic cup
My two year old son loves it when I "wrap him up like a baby" - I swaddle him (arms, legs, and all) in a blanket or towel. And then he wiggles and breaks free, giggling like crazy from the fun. And of course, he asks to do it"AGAIN! AGAIN!"
Don't forget to use the hashtag #52weeksofsensory and tag @highchairchronicles if you post any pictures on social media!
Psst, if you happened to come across this page and are wondering what the heck this is all about: We are doing the 52 Weeks of Sensory challenge. Come join us!