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 - Create a Sensory Fort
Making and playing in forts (or dens) is great fun for babies and can provide a lovely sensory experience, create a tepee, tent, fort or den using household objects, and add sensory objects for your baby to explore.
Activity 2 - Tummy Time
Spend some time enjoying tummy time with your baby, try lying them gently on your chest, and spend some quiet time talking to or singing to your baby. Tummy time supports the development of key muscles that support sitting up, rolling over and head control. Tummy time also helps develop a bond between you and baby.
Tummy Time (pdf)
Activity 3 - Sing a Song
Have a song session with your baby, sing or hum them some of your favourite songs, make sure your baby can see your face, as they will love to watch and listen to you sing.
Activity 1 - Fluffy Sensory Bin
A fluffy sensory bin is a chance for your baby to explore their stuffed animals. If your baby is sitting up, try sitting them in a paddling pool and surrounding them with stuffed toys. Or you could try placing toys around your baby in tummy time. Your baby will enjoy grasping and feeling the toys. Be sure to chat to your baby about what they are doing and the different toys they can see.
Activity 2 - Rainbow Homemade Instruments
Create some rainbow sensory bottles/ musical shakers for your baby to play with:
Activity 3 - Rhyme Time
Choose a rhyme, or 4 with The BookTrust:
Share the Fun - BookTrust
Activity 1 - Mirror Time
Spend some time exploring mirrors, baby’s love to look at themselves and watch their reflection, perhaps try giving your baby a compact or handheld mirror to hold. Ask questions like ‘can you see yourself?’ and talk about what baby is looking at. Tell them about their different body parts.
Activity 2 - Indoor Pool
Try creating an indoor pool for a change of pace using a paddling pool, baby bath or a good old washing up bowl. Use towels or a shower curtain to protect the floor from splashes, have a pool party indoors. This is perfect when it’s cold outside. If you have any bath toys add them to the mix for your baby to explore.
DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CHILD UNATTENDED WHILST IN/NEAR WATER
Activity 3 - Storytime, Little Monkey
Activity 1 - Open and Close Basket
Give your child a selection of items that open and close in different ways, boxes, bags, or toys that open up in some way are perfect. Demonstrate to your baby opening and closing each item, and let them try to copy you, to develop their fine motor skills. Be sure to use the words open and close, and name the objects for your child to support their communication and language development.
Activity 2 - Cloud Watching
Try some simple cloud watching with your baby. On a warm day spend some calm time outside simply looking at the clouds. What shapes do they make, do they look like anything, are there birds or planes in the sky? Tell your baby about the things you can see or hear, as they will love to listen to you talk.
Activity 3 - Sing a Rhyme and Count to 5
Try classic counting rhymes such as 5 little men in a flying saucer, 5 little monkeys, or 5 speckled frogs, and introduce your baby to early numbers.
FIVE little monkeys swinging from a tree
teasing Mr Crocodile
'You can't catch me!'
Along came Mr Crocodile
as quietly as can be
and snap! went the crocodile
Then there were...
Activity 1 - Faces
Try exploring some different facial expressions with your baby with the book trust, be sure to make the faces yourself to show your baby the different feelings, they may even try to copy you.
Activity 2 - Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Play heads, shoulders knees and toes, sing the song and point to the different parts of your body or to your baby’s body. You could also gently move your baby’s hands to touch the different body parts as you sing. To mix things up try pointing to the parts of a doll or a teddy, or even try singing the song backwards, starting with the feet.
Activity 3 - Storytime, The Dog and His Reflection
Listen along or read the story to your baby.