If you’re looking for ways to entertain your little one at home, a baby texture board is just what you need. This simple idea is a great tummy time activity for infants aged 6 month old or older. It has different textured items fully glued into place. So your curious baby can safely explore this touch and feel activity until their heart’s content.
There’s zero cost involved in making a DIY baby texture board. Because you can use different items and fabrics you already have at home. It won’t take you hours to make either!
Keep reading our guide to find out the easiest way to make one. Including tips and tricks and all of the textures we added to ours.
Let’s first talk a bit more about the benefits of this touch and feel activity. And how it will help your little one’s learning and development.
What Are the Benefits Of a Baby Texture Board?
A baby texture board is particularly beneficial for blind or visually impaired babies. It stimulates their sense of touch. And helps them independently explore and learn about the world.
It also benefits babies without impairments. For example, it distracts them during tummy time and helps them enjoy the time spent on their front. And it gently introduces them to feeling different things. This can be useful if your infant doesn’t like or hates messy play!
How to Make Your Own DIY Baby Texture Board
This project will take you around 30 minutes to make. Here’s a list of supplies that you will need:
- Craft knife
- Glue gun
You will also need a variety of different textured items. Try to look for things that feel different. For example, hard, soft, rough, smooth, fluffy, silky, bumpy, feathery and so on.
Once you have everything you need, follow the guide below to create your touch and feel board.
Our Sensory Board Ideas For Babies
Here’s a list of supplies we used to make our baby texture board
- Pom poms
- Fake daisies
- Pipe cleaners (sharp ends concealed under the cardboard)
- Sponges from a sponge scourer
- Fluffy material from a new duster
- Tissue paper
- Plastic paper shred
- Rough scourer side from a sponge scourer
- First, cut out 2 large cardboard rectangles. They should be the same size.
- Then draw 9 squares on one piece of cardboard. You can draw them freehand or use something square, like a coaster, as a guide.
- Next, use a craft knife to cut out your rectangles
- Then stick this on top of your second piece of cardboard
- Now grab your different textures and place items with the same texture in one square window. Repeat with your other resources until you’ve filled all your windows
- Move the items around until you’re happy with your design
- Once you’re satisfied, use a glue gun to fully secure your items in place
You can add flaps to your touch and feel board to make it even more interesting. Lots of people use plastic rings from baby wipes. But I found that my little one just pulled them off rather than lifting them.
Make sure you don’t add small things to your baby’s board.
Baby texture boards are great to use with your 6 month old during tummy time activities. You can also stick one to your wall so they play with it whilst they’re sitting down. You can also sit your baby on your lap and encourage them to touch and feel the different things too.
Make sure you always supervise your infant when they’re exploring their board. And regularly check everything is still stuck in place.
Looking For More Sensory Board Ideas For Babies?
Check out this huge baby texture board on Pinterest.
Or take a look at our homemade busy board for toddlers. It takes longer to make but it’s great for little ones that are starting to pull themselves to standing!