Veronika is legitimately obsessed with stars, so when I found a swatch of star-print fabric in my craft bin, I knew I had to let her play with it. It prompted the idea to let her play with lots of fabric scraps, and this turned into great sensory and solo play!
First, I showed her how to simply pile the fabric scraps in and out of a small box. She needed no further demonstration, and loved moving the scraps in, out, into smaller boxes, back to bigger boxes… You name it!
Inevitably, your toddler will probably let the fabric rain down like confetti!
She then had a game going in her head with the big star-print piece, pretending it was her bed.
For some learning fun, point out any different colors and patterns you might have. I showed her the difference between big dots and little dots. Or between polka dots and stripes.
You can help your child sort them by color or pattern, too. Finally, you can turn this into movement and music play! I took the longest strips of fabric and tied them to a jingle bell ring from our music bin.
She loved shaking this in the air.
Later in the day, I turned to find her busy with the fabric swatches again. So busy in fact that I had time to bake a cake!
So before you toss any fabric scraps, don’t forget that they make a fantastic toddler toy.