Make Your Own Soft Play Area

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Ball pits in children’s playspaces can be intimidating for the littlest tykes; inevitably there are bigger kids splashing and jumping around, not to mention the pits are deep when you’re only 11 months old! To let her join in on the fun, I made Veronika her own “ball pit” today.

Cover a floor space with a soft blanket and line the area with pillows (or you could even recycle the baby tub for this game!).

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I dumped in a package of soft play balls (look for these on She was delighted.

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I showed her how to swish her hands around in the balls…

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…and we buried her toes, then found them again!

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We added some crumpled newspaper “balls” for extra texture, but she didn’t like those as much.

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It turned out that this pit was also great for learning to climb up and over pillows, an inadvertent bonus.

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She loved crawling in, fetching out a ball, bringing it somewhere, and then heading back in again. It easily filled an afternoon of play!

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