Companion Page – Pat Mat

Age Group

Infant Icon
Infants
2-6 months

Skill Builders

During this activity, I am learning…

Science
Concepts
Math
Concepts
Language
Development
Expression of
Emotions

To avoid choking hazards, only use items that cannot pass through a toilet tissue roll.

What You'll Need

Gallon Resealable Bags (2)
Sponges of different shapes/sizes
Jumbo buttons
Duct tape
Tray (e.g., cookie sheet)
Optional: Objects that float

Make Your Pat Mat

  1. Fill one resealable bag half way with water
  2. Drop in sponges or other easy to see objects that float
  3. Seal and tape the bag
  4. Place the taped bag into the second bag
  5. Seal and tape the second bag
  6. Place the bag on the tray

Encourage your child to touch the pat mat to make the objects move.

Tips From Our Experts

Try different ways to use your Pat Mat!!
  • Keep baby entertained during tummy time
  • Tape mat to wall or window for a different sensory experience
Keep baby interested, use different items in mat
  • Cooked pasta
  • Shaving or whipped cream with two drops of food coloring

Using Brain Power

Builds an appetite!
Rainbow Spaghetti Experience

Make spaghetti as directed on packaging. After cooled, separate into bowls for each color desired. Add a very small amount of oil and toss. Add a few drops of food coloring and mix well. Lay spaghetti out on parchment paper to dry for about an hour. Then place in tub for sensory play. (Place a table cloth under tub for easy clean up)

Rainbow Spaghetti

Ignite Your Child's Learning

We suggest…

Books

My Family & Friends First Photo Album Cover
My Family & Friends First Photo Album
See, Touch, Feel: A first sensory book cover
See, Touch, Feel: A First Sensory Book
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes Cover
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

Nursery Rhymes

Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy-bitsy spider, climbed up the water spout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.
And the itsy-bitsy spider went up the spout again.

Use of the materials described above are done so at your own risk and any children interacting with these materials should do so only under close adult supervision.

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