Create a box to entertain your kid when you just can't play one. more. game.
- A plastic shoebox with a lid
- Soft stuff:A piece of velvety fabric, a small piece of faux fur (don't worry, we won't ask what that's doing in your junk drawer!) or a satiny ribbon. Anything soft or silky will work.
- Loud stuff:A bell, a rattle or a squeaky toy. If it makes noise, your baby will love it. (You think it's bad now? Just wait for his electric-guitar-with-amplifier phase.)
- Hard stuff:Plastic rings, blocks and empty bottles work great. Just avoid small things that could be a choking hazard, and really hard things like rocks if your baby is old enough to throw things.
- Strange stuff:A feather, a rubber ball, even that bizarre baby figurine that someone thought would make a wonderful baby shower gift.
- Take all of your stuff and load it into your box. Then step back and check out your newly cleaned junk drawer!
- Shake, rattle and roll! Shake the box a few times to get your baby's attention. Then toss the contents on the floor.
- Encourage your baby to check out the goods. Let him pat the faux fur. Roll a plastic ring across the floor. Let him jingle a bell. Or brush his cheek with a feather.
- While he's exploring, talk to him about what he's touching: "Feel the soft feather"; "This wooden block is hard"; "This ball is squishy like Daddy's belly!"
- Next up? Cleaning out your closet to make another busy box! It can't hurt to have a backup (or a tidy house).