Homemade 'Tickle Sticks' - tactile and sensory stimulation for babies and toddlers
(and big kids who'll sit still long enough!)
This project was a mixture of inspirations - I was hoping to make a baby-friendly version of the ribbon wands I shared on Monday, then the grass paintbrushes I shared in yesterday's post got me thinking further. So I raided my craft stash to find more sensory materials than you can shake a stick at!
We had short lengths of wool, feathers, pom pom braiding, seedpods, a dandelion and some beads threaded onto ribbons - I attached them to craft sticks with rubber bands.
Perfect for tickling tiny toes, running through little fingers and brushing over babies noses!
I have to point out here (for the Pinterest folk who like to rip me for these posts!) don't be a fool and leave your baby unattended when they're playing with these. They are clearly not secure, they are designed for adults to play with the child, don't use them as a distraction while you ignore your kid and troll Pinterest. Thankyou please.
p.s. if you liked these, you might want to check out these tactile exploration cards and our sensory play discovery jars too.