Friday, 22 June 2012

Babyplay - Homemade Tickle Sticks

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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.


  1. Oh - this is darling. My grandson would love to be tickled by a tickle stick!

  2. These are fabulous, and I cracked up at your disclaimer.

  3. Thanks for this idea, I'm getting into a bit more baby play now my youngest is old enough, this something a bit different and original, off to pin it now!

  4. lovely idea - in fact lots of lovely ideas here - love your blog!

    Georgia :)

  5. Love these! I shared them on my FB page!

  6. Hahahaha! I LOVE your warning/disclaimer. That is sooo true!

    1. Me, too! Gave me a chuckle :) We are making these today!


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