Baby Play is designed for parents and babies up 12 months. In this session, you and your baby will enjoy together a range of sensory experiences that will assist in early brain devolvement and help build social connections.
As well as building connections with your baby, play provides an important part of your baby’s development. From discovering emotions, learning about sight, touch and smell, to working on fine motor skills, play is their way of discovering the world and how they fit in to it.
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Stimulating Activities for Caregiver and Child
Newborns 0-3 months
- Sing songs and nursery rhymes - especially those with actions and tickling! Have a look at our Stories and Rhyme Time sessions to immerse your baby in language and music.
- Toys that stimulate the senses are great – rattles, mirrors, textured surfaces.
- Play Peek a Boo.
- Touch is important – try massage when baby is receptive and calm.
- Face to face play! Make silly faces and noises, your baby loves watching you.
- Read to your baby, but hold the book close as newborns can see only about 20-30 cm in front of them. Black and white books are also great!
Babies 3-6 months
- Talk, sing, read! Have a look at our Play n’ Sing sessions for how to foster a love of literacy and language for your child.
- Give your baby new things to touch. You can make your own sensory board by sticking different items to cardboard. Try bubble wrap, sponge, pipe cleaners and pop sticks.
- Wrap and tie up a scrunched up piece of paper in a scarf- give to baby to explore the sounds and textures.
- Play music to your baby or sing songs at different volumes. Let them make their own music by giving them toys to bang.
- Put handkerchief sized squares of fabric or ribbon in an old tissue box for an endless surprise. Watch your baby pull them out one by one.
- Hold baby in your arms and peek into a mirror – you can point out nose, mouth ears etc.
- Move back and forth and play hide and seek – Where’s the baby- There she is.
Babies 6-12 months
- Create a light box at home! Put twinkle lights in cardboard box and let your baby enjoy interacting with the new sensation. Have a look at our Quiet Play sessions for sensory activity inspiration.
- Explore temperature by filling jars with warm and cold water.
- Edible play is fun! Make paint out of yogurt or grind up biscuits for edible sand. Let your baby explore using taste, touch and smell.
- Using a shallow tray, pour less than 1cm of water in. Let your baby splash water and add in other toys as you go. Keep a constant eye on your baby during this activity!