Shredded paper is another great way to entertain
children of all ages. If you have a shredder at home, you can create your own using junk mail or you can buy a bag of crinkled paper at the Dollar Tree for a $1.00 (located near the gift wrap). This activity encourages your child to learn more
about the world around them using their senses – by touching, seeing, and hearing. Hide objects in bottom of the bowl, provide other containers to pour and dump the paper into, find a container your child can push the paper into, or throw it in the air – by engaging in fun, interactive sensory activities, you are encouraging the neurons in your child’s brain to get stronger. If you are hesitant because of a mess it could create or find you are fearful that your little one will think this can happen all of the time, say to yourself, “This is
worth it. Together, we are engaging in a fun activity and my child is learning.” Messes can always be vacuumed up or wiped away, but that interaction like the one Charlie is sharing with her amazing grandma lasts forever. ~Marena Mitchell, Speech-Language Pathologist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist