This week we've had a couple of playdates with some younger friends, at one point yesterday morning I wandered round my house trying to baby-proof and thinking 'what did we do all day when V was this age?' The Legos are too small and the art box is full of felts and glitterglue, playdough will be eaten and small worlds will get chucked everywhere. In the end Vin played, his baby friends watched and occasionally mouthed the blocks and all the mamas kept close eye for choking hazards.
I also decided to make a sensory tub, a more baby friendly version, without a million tiny lentils, entirely appetising coffee beans or fake sand to get scattered about, trodden on and eaten.
I had this bathtime tub on my sensory tub pinboard that I thought would be perfect. I cut a piece of blue felt to fit the bottom of our tub and set to work to find some bathtime pieces to add.
I took inspiration from the original tub and used cotton wool balls to represent bubbles, I also cut a few circles from bubble wrap for another touchy feely element. A little rubber duckie, a bar of soap (for the smell I guess, though not sure what else they could do with it?) some bottle tops (that I added because they were blue and round?) and a little plastic tub for sorting and scooping. I cut a fish and a duck shape from some sponge cloth I had left over after making those spongeballs.
I added the tongs for when Vin plays, I thought the cotton balls would be a perfect chance to practise those fine motor skills
So what do you guys think? It looks so lovely and fluffy I just wanna dive in! I'm also very inspired to do a cloud themed tub with similar elements now.
p.s. while I say this is a baby friendly tub - there are still small parts, the soap and bubble wrap especially - I suggest a close eye with all ages when playing with tubs like this (not least because it will keep most of the contents off your carpet!)