How it Plays
Sew together a variety of fabric squares with different textures-silk, satin, terrycloth, velour. Remember to include some fabrics with contrasting colors or vivid patterns so your child will enjoy looking at his new activity mat as well as touching it. Line the mat with quilt batting, and sew on a fabric backing. Place the mat on the floor in a warm, draft-free room or in a play yard, and let your child explore its different textures. Talk to him about what he's touching using words such as smooth, soft, silky, furry, bumpy, and rough to describe each fabric's unique tactile qualities.
What You'll Need
Learning and Growing
This texture-based activity helps your newborn learn more about the sensations of hard and soft, rough and smooth, and gradations in between.