We tried: Ball Discovery Basket

ImageActivity:  Small round basket filled with a selection of ‘balls’

  • blue textured dryer ball
  • ball of string
  • pink tennis ball
  • plastic teething ball
  • string of felt balls

Success: 3/10

Expected: Kids love balls right?  They roll, they bounce, they unravel.  Enough to entertain for hours.  Oh the ignorance!

Unexpected: How annoyed MT would get when the balls rolled away from her.  I forgot to remember that she wasn’t on the move when we did this activity!!

Outcome: MT quickly got bored with the balls because she was unable to chase after them.  She settled for the felt balls on the string which she could wave about, suck on and jingle on the floor.  Not as successful as I hoped and probably one to try again now she is crawling.

We tried: Red discovery box

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Activity:  Box filled with an assortment of red and white items from around the house.

  • Candle
  • Plastic disposable plate
  • Ribbon
  • Monkey toy
  • Small colander
  • Clag glue pot
  • Cloth nappy

Success: 10/10 and NO tears.  She played with this for over an hour, and although she favoured one item she did go back to the rest a number of times.

Expected: I thought MT would gravitate to one item and play with that.  She did.  The ribbon.

Unexpected: Since a lot of the items are ones MT has seen before in various capacities I didn’t think they would hold her interest for long.

Outcome: A really great idea that I have seen many mums do with their kids.  MT was very interested in exploring the box and examining each item.   She was happy to play with this on and off for the entire week.  WIN!