Babies, especially ones under six months, can be hard to really “play” with, in the traditional sense of the word. Back when I wrote this post about mama guilt, I found that several people considered the lack of play with their young babies to be a real source of guilt for them. Since my son falls into the “under 6 month” category (he’ll be six months at the end of August), I’ve been hunting around for activities to do with him outside of his play gym, jumper, etc. I’ve done several variations of this activity with the children I cared for in the schools in which I previously taught, but this was my first time trying it with my son. I’m really happy with how much he liked it and how easy it was to do.
“Fingerpainting” With Infants
All you need for this activity is plain yogurt and some food coloring. If you don’t want to use food coloring, you can use foods that produce strong colors like blueberries, beets, spinach, etc. and mix the color into the yogurt. I didn’t try that this time because I wanted to see how he’d react to it before I went to the trouble, but I’ll definitely give it a shot the next go around.
I did about a tablespoon of yogurt with 1 drop of food coloring and spooned it onto the highchair tray. Then I let him just go to town.
After a little while, I added a spoonful of red yogurt to the tray and let him mix it into purple. And then we brought our dear friend Sophie into the mix. All in all, it was a fun, easy introduction to sensory play that only required a couple basic (and cheap) supplies and a bath afterward. C loved it and I had a great time playing with him and watching him interact with a new material.
What are some of your favorite infant activities?