{Baby Play} Exploring Hot and Cold

Exploring Hot Cold | Mama Papa Bubba

Oh goodness… Have this little guy and I ever been having fun lately!  When Miss G was this same age, we were in a major state of transition {hello packing up an entire life overseas, moving home to Canada, staying with family for several months, and then resettling in a different city} and doing fun little activities probably wasn’t at the very top of my priority list.  But this time around, things are different…  We’re a year into being back in Canada {for the second time}, Miss G is now in school full days {*gasp*}, and I get to spend my days with our sweet little preemie babe who seems to be curious about almost everything.

Today’s fun?  Exploring hot and cold – a very simple activity inspired by the curious little hands wanting to investigate my cup of morning coffee. ☺

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In order to make playing with ice and hot water baby safe, I turned to my collection of plastic VOSS water bottles.  You can use any sort of bottles for sensory activities like this one of course, but I love these because of their completely smooth surface and wide mouth.  Plus the stickers remove perfectly if you’re careful about it, which is a total perk in my books.  {Fellow Canadians, you can find plastic VOSS water bottles at Shopper’s Drug Mart, just fyi.}

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I simply filled one bottle with ice and the other with hot {but obviously not scalding} tap water…

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And put them out for Sam to investigate.

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Of course they went straight into his mouth – his number one tool for investigating the world around him.

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At first I just sat back and watched him take everything in {while taking way too many photos, of course}…  He patted them, gnawed on them, licked them, and looked at them inquisitively.

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Part way through I did introduce both the signs for ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ to him, but more than anything, I just let him investigate independently.

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{By the way, can we just talk about this sitting for a minute?!  Goooo, Sam!}

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Our little hot / cold investigation lasted for more than 25 minutes, which I think is pretty incredible when it comes to a baby sticking with one thing for a period of time.  He was genuinely really interested and went back and forth between the two bottles again and again.

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Here he is at the end of our play…

When we were done I simply emptied out the bottles and set them out to dry so that they’re ready for us when we go to make our next set of sensory bottles.

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