Updated: Apr 3, 2021
Introducing textures into play is brilliant for babies brain development, it gives them early exposure to the multi texture environment we live in.Is a great start to introducing textures pre weaning, and can help avoid sensitivities in later life.
If you've attended a class with me, you will have hear me talk about using multi textures in your play spaces at home. Using items you already have.
I've listed 10 ideas on how you can add texture into play at home.
1. Look for multi texture toys ( you might already have these) - I have this Lamaze firefly in class, which is always a favourite . There are different types that have different fabrics and textures, they are chunky toys so do make sure that you have some smaller toys that encourage fine finger control
2. Books - books are available in lots of textures from paper to board and fabric to pvc. 'That's not my' books include a different texture on each page. I love the fabric black and white books to as they are great for visual perception and contrast play too.
3. No mess painting is an easy way for your little one to play with a soft texture without risk of it being eaten , a great tummy time activity too! ( see my other blog on no mess painting here ) https://www.babybearmassage.com/post/no-mess-painting
4. Use your links - links are one of our favourite toys, for their single colour and texture, loop chiffons or muslins through them to make a two texture toy.
5. Create a themed play space taking 3 or 4 toys around a theme and have a great conversation with your little one around the toys. You can use all the ideas above to create this space .
6. Consider the fabrics that your little one is lying on.
Add towels, fleece blankets, chiffon or cotton so they can feel different textures under them.Have a look for bright patterns or contrast you might have on a jumper, scarf etc.