In my last post, I discussed how everyday household objects like vegetable brushes become enjoyable play objects for infants and toddlers up to 3 years old. I’m adding an additional suggestion into the mix, as I’ve witnessed first-hand how infants and toddlers relish this particular brush.
Again, following Magda Gerber’s maxim that "passive toys equal an active baby," this particular brush is softer and more malleable than the vegetable brush discussed in my last post. It is made of silicone, which is non-toxic and makes it a safe material to add into a child's play environment. It will result in a space that is rich with diverse textures and colors.
It can be paired with the wooden vegetable brush in an aesthetically pleasing way. Below it is on a light wooden tray, for example, and both these brushes together provide another opportunity for children to experiment with open-ended play objects that do not have a prescribed purpose or plan. (The number one factor when choosing a play object for my RIE classroom is that the play object is simple and open-ended.) Due to its interesting texture, you’ll find that younger babies will want to mouth this brush -- and it can be briefly boiled from time to time to ensure it remains clean.