Fabric Free Play

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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!

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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!

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Inevitably, your toddler will probably let the fabric rain down like confetti!

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She then had a game going in her head with the big star-print piece, pretending it was her bed.

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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.

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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.

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She loved shaking this in the air.

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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!

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So before you toss any fabric scraps, don’t forget that they make a fantastic toddler toy.

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