Thrilled with the curiosity sparked in each of the babes from letting them explore typically off limits drawers, I decided to turn one of our kitchen cabinets into an exploration space for B & BB. I attached toys to the wall with Velcro, making sure they were large enough strips so I didn’t have to worry about them choking if the pieces fell off. I put shaped blocks on one wall and favorite stuffed animals on the other. I attached the rough/hook side of the Velcro to the cabinet wall. Some of the animals stuck to the wall without needing to add the soft/loop Velcro. I put the toys up high to encourage the babes to use both their upper and lower body strength when reaching for the items.
I placed a yoga mat or pillows beneath the cabinet to add extra cushioning in case either babe tumbled out. Both B & BB seemed to really enjoy letting the blocks hit the bottom of the cabinet and then dropping them onto the actual floor. The nice thing about this “Dropping Game” (unlike, when it is played in their highchairs) is that they could retrieve the items themselves! I am a big fan of letting them explore cause & effect activities–especially when I don’t have to bend over to pick things up every 5 seconds :)
A couple weeks later I decided to added a bunch of different textured materials to the back wall for a fun sensory experience. The fabrics/textures that had self-adhesives worked the best at withstanding B & BB exploration.