When the twins first started to crawl around on their own, my kitchen was pretty much always covered in a layer of plastic food storage container lids! They were always digging through the low cupboards in the kitchen. At times it was cute when they would play together and I would catch them interacting, but sometimes I just wanted to see my kitchen floor without the clutter.
Mobile infants and toddlers are in a great stage for introducing fun activities that get them moving. It does not have to be complicated to keep them exploring safe and interesting-to-them items . Setting up a sensory crawl: infant and toddler activity is an easy way to keep your mobile baby exploring safely while learning.
All you need to set up a sensory crawl in your house are some items you probably already have in your cupboards. I will list what I used to set this sensory crawl activity for infants and toddlers up in my house and provide some ideas for alternatives.
Sensory Crawl Infant and Toddler Activity-Supplies:
(You can use any variety or number of items that are safe for baby. The items marked with a * are the ones I used.)
packing tape (for securing items to the floor)
baking cooling rack*
LEGO or DUPLO building mat*
piece of fabric
piece of cardboard
(Or any other items you can think of that would be safe for baby to crawl on or walk over.)
Set Up The Sensory Crawl Activity:
First, choose the items you want to use.
Second, use strips of packing tape to secure each item to the floor. This is optional, but for walkers, it may be safer to secure anything slippery to help prevent falls.
Then, let your Little Mover loose to explore!
I started by suggesting that the twins crawl along the sensory pathway. This was so they would get close to each item to see and feel it. They did stop to touch a few times as they were crawling along the path. This sensory crawl infant and toddler activity is something you can set up and leave for a few days-it is easy to vacuum over, and can all be washed if items were to get dirty-always necessary with little movers in the house!
The twins tried walking along the path too. You can see in the video that they really were exploring the sensory experience.
At one time, they even walked hand-in-hand. I had to get a shot of that moment. 🙂
There was some running involved too. (Huggies Little Movers Diapers are very necessary!) These two keep me running all day long.
A sensory crawl activity is a great way to encourage infants and toddlers to crawl and walk by adding a safe focus for their exploration. Even if you have a baby who has not started walking, using this idea for tummy time gets your infant reaching and touching which makes play time more interesting for them.
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I will be sharing more photos of the twinnies doing their thing and can’t wait to see what your little ones are up to!
What was your child’s favorite activity when they started crawling or walking on their own? Share in the comments below!
Enjoy your time at home!
My Bored Toddler says
Sensory crawling is a great idea!
Thank you! We have fun with it. 🙂
I remember those days of having my tupperware containers scattered throughout he kitchen! This sensory crawl is a great idea! I hope you will come by and link up at Made for Kids! It just went live!
Yes, oh goodness Tupperware is rarely in the cupboard these days! 🙂
Tina Peterson says
Neat idea -not one I would of come up with at all! Loved the pics of your twins. 🙂
Thanks so much, Tina!
Abby of Baby Birds Farm says
Such creative ideas. I never would’ve thought of them. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks, Abby! I have to be creative with my 4! 🙂