Sensory Play for 4 month old babies

How did my baby get 4 months old. I now understand why people say cherish this time it really is precious.

But you don’t get a parental manual in how to be a parent so I guess at this point in the first year, you’re still coming to terms with your new life, taking each day as it comes and pretty much living in survival mode still.

Survival mode of just getting by. There are beautiful moments, magical moments but every day and week is different and poses its new challenges.

Since squashman was 6 weeks old I felt myself starting to come back or rediscover myself in this new role as a mother and my passion for art and creative play has quadrupled, to say the least. Creating life is the BIGGEST creative act you can do and my Imagination and ideas are flowing strongly in my art dream pool.

I want to infuse being an artist with motherhood both for myself and my squashman. I’m doing deep delving into what being a mother means to me, the good, the challenging and the beautiful and that means being okay with stop-starting and not having massive chunks of time to create for myself.

So now at 4 months I’m looking at sensory play for my boy. Making things to nurture his development and also to give me a chance to do some arts and crafts in the process. Perfect!

At this point, squashman has much better control over his arms and is figuring out how to move his fingers to grab things… Given their always in his mouth he’s now learning to hold things. It’s very strange being able to pass your child things… A definite leveling up in life skills that’s for sure… I feel like he’s just gone up a grade in humaning.

Holding things means I can create lots of sensory objects for him to explore and now that he’s mastered the art of rolling I can place them around for him to interact with, encouraging him to move around to play with these sensory objects. His head control has also increased and is able to quickly identify where the sound is coming from so my man has been playing the guitar for him and we’ve got lots of rattles and noisy toys for him to explore.

Music’s going to be a big one for us as dad’s a guitarist and I can play the cornet/trumpet. Not that I have in a while but we have an array of instruments at our disposal to play with. A good chance for me to reconnect with my musical side.

 

Here is some sensory play ideas for a 4-month-old:

 

Rattles & shakers: 

Bottles filled with rice or other containers filled with rice/beads or pasta. Obviously securely contained so as to not create a choking hazard especially since babies seem to explore textures and new objects by putting them in their mouths!

Rhymes and wiggles:

Nursery rhymes and other songs to sing or play to your little ones are a great way to introduce them to new sounds and get their auditory senses going. You can combine this with sitting them on your lap, bouncing and dancing with them. Squash man seems to like being sat on your knee with his legs going over one of your legs so he can run like he’s doing a marathon. It’s pretty funny but also means that we can introduce dancing and wiggles to him.

Sensory pockets:

Another one I’m going to make is sensory pockets. Where you use cellophane pockets filled with things like pom-poms and string for them to look at and feel. You could even put slime into bottles or glittery liquid that they can hold and shake about. Obviously again they need to be securely tightened so as not to leak or be opened by our little humans.

 

Textures board:

I would really like to create a board with lots of different textures. Especially now Squashman can hold things and has better control over his hands and arms. A great opportunity for him to get a feel of lots of different textures like rough sand, velvet, you could even stick pasta on. You would use a piece of cardboard filled with lots of different textures and let them roll their hands over it.

 

 

Ooooo so many ideas! I really can’t wait to crack on with these, I’ll keep you posted on how they go!

What sensory toys have you used with your little ones, I’d love to hear from you, feel free to pop comments below!

Lots of love

How to find pockets of time to create for mothers

My soul seeks creative expression with a PASSION. To the point where I end up with so many bloody ideas, it can get a bit overwhelming at times.

I could dream my day away searching the tinterweb and social media profiles for pieces of art and the amazing artists that create them. Finding inspiring people who have crafted their idea babies into lovely home-grown businesses that feed their souls. From simplistic black ink illustrations on white paper to messy art journal spreads or even watching hula hoop dancers! MMMMMM yes please!

Creative expression in all its forms feeds my soul and fuels the fire of the creative cauldron in my belly. I know out there is a whole host of women who have a fire in their belly for art and creative expression. It’s not this one-off thing we do it’s something that calls to us EVERY SINGLE DAY. There is always the next thing on the list we want to create. (and believe me, I am a lover of lists!)

This is the archetype I call the Creative Searcher, its that part of us that oodles at the creative output of others. Now don’t get me wrong I LOVE this archetype it juices me up and gets me motivated (and can sometimes, if I am not careful, get me feeling really shit because it is easy to get into that comparison game and judging myself again others) however I’d like to merge into the Creative Doer more…

At the moment I am just the Creative Preacher seeking to inspire people to connect with their inner artists and ways in which you can play with therapeutic art to explore your inner landscapes, to find that bliss state where time blurs and you are in the moment expressing through color and lines!

Now being a Creative Doer is pretty challenging with a little human that needs your care 24 hours a day. I am a first-time momma bear to my little squash man who is now 16 weeks old and finding that my creative fire is BURNING SO BRIGHT! I want to dance with it, to explore it, to birth new creations from it! Growing a real-life human child inside you is one of the most creative things a woman can do, and it shows us that we really are powerful creat

ures and births in us this passion in creating the things that bring us joy in life.

I realise I didn’t take advantage of all the time I had when I was an independent individual. I guess that’s one of the lessons you learn when you have kids. Having little human’s means that the pockets of time we get available need to be used to their full advantage.  They are few and far between and need a good amount of planning for optimum use!

We need an hour to plan what we’re going to do with that few hours we have off!

Not wanting to wish this time away with my squashman but I have been struggling inside with Artist and Mother energy at the moment. I need to create to fuel my soul and I need my soul to be fuelled to be able to fuel the soul of my little man.

So here is to surrendering. Surrendering to the fact that we don’t get as much time as we would like to immerse ourselves in creative expression.

SURRENDER is a key piece to remember!

Here is to riding the waves of stop-start creative output and constant interruptions. This is where the practice of patience comes in for mothers. Here is to accepting that as a Creative Mother things take all that bit longer to accomplish.

In the times I am not able to create I am really engaging in the dreaming up of ideas and listing things that I would like to dabble in so that when I do have the time I can cut through the procrastination and do the thing I want to.

I’m enjoying the dreaming up bit in the times I’m busy being mother and adulting, it gets me into my imagination space and gets me visioning. Which can be super juicy space to be in. The ideas space.. but then you need to take that into the holding space and the birthing space… i.e DOING THE THING AND PUTTING IT OUT THERE!

What I have figured out is that in an evening I can put aside an hour when wee man is asleep to crack on with some making and creating, as well as a sneaky little bit during one of his naps during the day IF I am lucky.  This is how I am tackling it at the moment anyway!

I’m curious how other Creative Momma bears optimise the time they have available to tap into their art and creative projects?