We tried: A bag of desperation.

After months of pulling my hair out trying to find something to keep Miss T’s attention for more than 5 seconds I was almost ready to hand over my iphone and drown myself in a puddle of defeat.

In desperation yesterday we went op-shopping and brought home a little bag of random, pre-loved toy cars and trucks.

Was this victory?  It certainly looked closer than it had been as she busied herself in a serious conversation with a red fire truck all the way home.

Definitely a victory!  She sits still AND plays.  Well maybe only for 15-30min at a time, but hey, that’s hours on 5 seconds.

She pokes her chubby finger into the windows, spins the wheels, turns each one around and around and around.  Then starts all over again.

Such a brilliant, cheap and unexpected discovery.

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We tried: Baked Bean sensory play

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Activity: Two piles of baked beans on the highchair tray. One hot and the other cold.

Success: 6/10. Mild success tainted severely by the climatic tears.

Expected: A lot of mess.

Unexpected: The tears.

Outcome: This kept MT occupied for about 20min. She started slowly, carefully touching each pile. Going from one to the other until she took a big handful of the warm ones. She swirled them together and tried really hard to pick up individual beans and taste them, sucking the juice from her fingers. After swishing them around the tray some more, she began mushing beans into the tray, into her hair and onto her legs.

At this point she realised she was covered in baked beans (what the?!) and burst into tears.

Not quite the sensory experience we were looking for.

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Deb from Learn with Play at home has a list of the things baby might be learning during this activity.

http://www.learnwithplayathome.com/2012/09/baby-play-sensory-baked-bean-squish.html