I’ve been starting to have a little mama guilt that I’m not doing enough to stimulate Little MIss. So, I thought back to my days working at the preschool and scoured Pinterest looking for ideas. One thing I should have started months ago was sensory play. I decided better late than never, looked around the house for what I could get started with and jumped right in.
We’ve had some white rice sitting around for ages and I decided that would be a great first experience. I poured it in a pan, got some things to play with, popped her in the learning tower and set her free. She immediately put it in her mouth. I was telling her it wasn’t for eating at the same time she tried to eat it, discovered it was hard and immediately started crying. It was meltdown city. I had to take her out and cuddle with her for quite a while. It was a rookie mistake, and I knew better.
After she calmed down, she reluctantly let me put her back in the learning tower, but she wouldn’t touch the rice. She watched me play with it for a while and talk about what I was doing and how it wasn’t for eating. Finally, she decided that playing with the cups was ok, but she refused to actually touch the rice.
I was ok with that as long as she wasn’t freaking out. We played for a while and then called it a day. I came back the next day with some pasta for her to try. Before I put her in the learning tower I told her it wasn’t for eating, but she just looked at it and said ‘all done.’ She wouldn’t even touch it. After watching me and a few more exposures, she’s now playing with it like a champ.