Baby Activity: Fabric Scraps

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A new sensory item for George is a tub of fabric scraps!

baby play: fabric scraps

I’ve had these in the cupboard for years, not being able to bring myself to throw them out, but not knowing what else to do with them either.

I brought them out one morning for George to explore.

I put a selection of the fabric scraps in an old wipes container.

baby play: fabric scraps

George felt the fabric between his hands, exploring how it felt, and even tasted it.

I shut the lid to the container and pulled out a bit of the fabric for George to pull.

Fabric busy play for babies

He pulled fabric out, one scrap after another.

Not quite getting every last piece of fabric, but he was able to pull out most of it.

He also tried closing the lid, over and over.

The latch was broken, so it wouldn’t stay shut, bringing some frustration.

baby play: fabric scraps

Then it was back to the fabric again.

I have so many fabric scraps on hand, I wonder what can be done with them.

Do you have activity ideas for fabric?

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20 Comments

  1. Melissa says

    I love this idea – especially using the wipe container as well! My little one loves to play with textiles too! Her favourite activity at the moment is pulling out all the tea towels and tablecloths from the bottom drawer in the kitchen.

  2. Amanda @ Gratefully Growing in Grace says

    We do this, too, and it's fun for my 11 month old. I have several fabric textures in her junk…err… treasure box among other things like I blogged about here:
    http://gratefullygrowingingrace.blogspot.com/2011/06/recycled-photo-rattles.html

    We have tulle, fleece, felt, cotton, and even a scrap of burlap! She loves feeling them all and crawling around with the tulle in her hand. Maybe she's a future ballerina..

    • Jamie says

      No way!! That’s too awesome! Any other kids planned?! :) I need ideas for more names that go with them. My husband has been worried since we had George that we can’t have another boy ever – he’s out of name ideas!

      • British American says

        Hehe, well I should mention that we already have three kids. Our daughter is 6½ and her name is Rose. :)

        A 4th baby probably isn’t on the cards :( but I am obsessed with names so I have already thought about what I’d name a third boy. I really like Fred/Frederick, but I used that up as George’s middle name. (George was my husband’s top pick. Henry was mine.) It is a tough pair to follow and I would feel the need to pick a name that could also be preceded by “King”! :P So I actually really like Arthur. (Not sure if I could get hubby to agree to that one, but that’s what I’d name an imaginary 3rd boy right now.)

  3. Anna says

    You could make a sensory wall by sewing scraps together onto a fabric table cloth ( or just a bigger piece of fabric) and making flaps or pockets etc and using scraps of different colours textures designs. Whatever you feel creatively inspired to do! Hang them on a wall at your toddlers height and let him explore all the different pieces

  4. Cathy K says

    This is an extremely entertaining activity – for both child and parent! Thanks for listing it!

    Our son Max, just turned 10 months, appears to be improving in the time it takes to empty the fabric tissue box. To extend the playtime, we take some of the longer, silkier scraps of fabric and tie them to different corners of his crib; he searches for them and works the knot until they come off! Very industrious game, and it is prompting him to walk around the crib with the help of the railing.

    We have also tied these to the mobile (which gets a LOT of “oohs”), but if you expect your mobile to survive infancy/ toddlerdom, don’t try this at home!

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