Are you looking for some activity ideas to implement into your family’s daily routine?
Each week we will add a new activity page with a weekly selection of activity ideas to try at home. Discover previous Infant weekly activities using in the useful links section at the bottom of this page.
With the support of you their parent/carer all activities support your littles ones developmental journey whilst being fun and engaging.
Enjoy and have fun!
Activity 1 - Tummy Time
1) Use cushions, rolled up blanket, place them across your knees; all of these will give you different ways of making baby comfortable while on their tummy.
2) Engage/distract baby through tummy time by using shakers, rattles etc.
Tummy Time (pdf)
Activity 2 - Sensory Bottles
1) If you haven’t got many rattles at home don’t worry – we can make some handmade ones.
2) Using rattles and shakers helps to support the development of eye tracking and sound tracking.
Activity 3 - What's in the Bag Songs
Singing is good for your mind, body and spirit. It helps to nurture language skills: the patterns of traditional nursery rhymes follow the rhythm of the spoken language, and songs let you practice new vocabulary and introduce the concept of rhyme. We should be singing with our children every day!
Activity 1 - Edible Finger Paint
Edible Finger Paint will help to strengthen the hands and fingers which are needed for later in life to help with handwriting.
Investigating through touch, sight, smell and taste.
If you haven’t got cornflour you can use mashed potato or natural yoghurt with a few drops of food colouring instead.
Activity 2 - Treasure Basket
A Treasure Basket helps to make choices. Babies explore through sight, sounds, touch and taste.
Activity 3 - Share A Story Together
Share a story together helps to encourage an interest in stories and rhymes. Helps with babies early language skills.
Babies learn to turn pages independently and identify pictures in the book.
Don’t worry about reading the text, just look at the pictures and talk about what you see “Look a dog”, “The cat meows”.
Rhyme Time Information (pdf)
Activity 1 - Peek-a-boo
Babies are fascinated by faces and your newborn would rather look at your face than almost anything else in the world. A simple game of peek-a-boo is perfect.
As your baby grows develop your game of peek-a-boo by hiding behind their favourite toy or a blanket.
Activity 2 - Posting
Posting develops fine motor skills and hand eye co-ordination. It allows your little one to explore and be curious. It takes minutes to set up, but will keep your little ones attention for longer.
You can use resources found in your house for example; Tupperware, plastic cups, blocks, balls, cardboard boxes, etc.
Activity 3 - Sing a Song, Round and Round The Garden
Activity 1 - Sensory Bags
Fill Ziploc bags with different materials and different textures; for example paint, hairgel, shaving cream, sequins or anything else you have in the house. This allows baby to explore new textures without making a mess, and will support the development of fine motor skills along with the development of early communication skills.
Baby may enjoy the sensation of these bags against their feet as well.
Activity 2 - Puppets
Use puppets or a stuffed animal to talk to, tickle and interact with baby.
Try telling a story, singing a song or using silly voices to get develop babies attention and listening skills.
Activity 3 - Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Activity 1 - Sensory Rhyme
Stroke your babies’ toes starting from the ‘big toe
This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy went home,
This little piggy had roast beef,
And this little piggy had none,
And this little piggy went weeee!
All the way home...
Activity 2 - Wind The Bobbin Up
Wind the bobbin up,
Wind the bobbin up,
Pull, pull, clap, clap, clap,
Wind it back again,
Wind it back again,
Pull, pull, clap, clap, clap.
Activity 3 - Story Barn Live
Join the amazing @thestorybarn Facebook page for a live story at 11.30.