We love quick and simple sensory activities at our house, and as a bonus, this one doesn’t make a mess and is easy to pick up: Toddler Play with Straws and Cotton Swabs!
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Ready to have a great time with your toddler? The activity I am sharing today is a classic toddler boredom buster with simple materials that you most likely have on hand right now, takes a minute to set up, and is engaging for your toddler – just all around a great little activity!
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What materials are safe for toddler play?
When it comes to selecting materials for toddler play, safety is the highest priority. There are plenty of safe options to choose from, including cotton swabs, straws, and even dry pasta noodles.
Cotton swabs and straws are greats option for toddlers who love to explore their surroundings. They are easy to grip and can help improve hand-eye coordination.
Dry pasta noodles are another safe material that can provide hours of entertainment for toddlers. They are durable, non-toxic, and unbreakable, making them perfect for sensory play and exploration. By selecting safe materials like these for your toddler, you can rest assured that they can freely explore and learn without any potential hazards in sight.
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Toddler Play with Straws and Cotton Swabs Supplies
- A handful of straws, bonus points if you have brightly colored ones.
- A handful of cotton swabs.
- A small sensory bin (optional).
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How to do the Toddler Play with Straws and Cotton Swabs?
It really was as simple as it sounds. I put a big handful of straws and a big handful of cotton swabs into our shoebox-sized sensory bin and stepped back to let my son explore.
He reached right in and grabbed straws and cotton swabs by the handful, dropped them, and picked them up again.
He spent some time exploring just the straws.
Of course, some of them had to go in his mouth 🙂
After he’d explored the cotton swabs separately, he decided to try how they fit together. I was impressed that he managed to fit the cotton swab into the straw.
He wasn’t able to get it all the way in, though, and I showed him how to do it. He quickly lost interest in this, however.
Handfuls of straws and cotton swabs kept his interest for quite a while, though.
He didn’t put the materials back in the bin, but it was really easy to pick them up again.
When it comes to toddler activities choosing the right materials should be the top priority. This Toddler Play with Straws and Cotton Swabs is one of the safest activities that you can do with your child.
Now grab what you need and let your little one have a great sensory activity today!
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