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
Tummy time is important for the development of babies muscles, that will eventually support them to sit up. When they first spend time down on the floor, your baby might struggle. However, voices and faces are massively motivating for babies, so get down to their level.
Lie in front of them and smile. You’ll often find that they work harder to look at you, helping to strengthen those neck muscles.
If your baby is able to hold up their head in a more controlled way, try playing peek a boo. Move to different positions, to the front-left, front-right and front-centre of your baby when you hide your face. This way, they’ll follow you with their gaze and work different neck muscles, as well as tuning into your facial expressions and the back and forth of communication.
Try introducing different tones of voice, facial expressions and body language too.
Tummy Time (pdf)
Activity 2 - Fun with Faces
Your touch can play an important part in your baby's learning. By touching the different parts of your baby's face and naming them, they will begin to link the sounds of the different words with the parts you touch.
Gently touch or stroke, the different parts of your babies face, tell them ‘these are your ears’, ‘this is your nose’.
Activity 3 - Listen, Sing or Dance
Listen, sing or dance along to the philharmonics take on a classic nursey rhyme.
You could even play along using instruments.
Activity 1 - Bath Time
Bath time is a great opportunity to bond and chat with your baby. And the more you talk, the more the sound of your voice will soothe and relax them. Talk them through what you are doing as you wash them. Try using gentle motions to help baby relax.
Make bath time more interesting by adding toys, singing songs, or counting your babies fingers and toes.
Activity 2 - Rip It Up
Try using wrapping paper to create a sensory experience for your baby. Scrunch it up, rip it, or tear it. Let your baby listen to the different noises that the paper make, and tell them about the colours or patterns they can see. For example any shiny patches, does the paper have any words on it, what do they say. You can let your baby grasp scrunched up paper to support their fine motor development.
You can even wrap up an object from the home and help baby to unwrap it, what might be inside? Is the object big or small? Does it smell or make a noise? Let baby look at and explore the object, then unwrap to reveal what’s inside.
Activity 3 - Story Time, Pip and Posy
Pip and Posy - BookStart (pdf)
Activity 1 - Bubbles
Bubble blowing is a fun, simple and engaging activity that requires no preparation, and all members of the household can get involved. Babies will love the experience of watching bubbles form and float, then fall, burst and disappear. Ensure baby is comfy and then carefully blow bubbles around them, making sure to avoid your babies eyes. Pop some of the bubbles too. Activities like these engage the senses and stimulate your baby.
Activity 2 - Sightseeing
Give your baby a tour of your house, talk to them about things that you can see, hear or smell, point to things that might interest them and show them things that they may not normally see. Carrying your baby around will allow them to view their world from a different perspective, and hearing you tell them about their surroundings will support early listening and attention skills.
Babies also love to look outside, if you can let them look through a window, or sit with you in front of a glass door, this can be a lovely time to share what you can see. On warmer days you can take baby into the garden or on a walk, always talking about the things you can see, hear and smell, and encouraging them to point at anything or everything.
Activity 3 - Do the Actions
Sing your baby some simple nursery rhymes complete with actions. Demonstrate the actions to your baby, and then gently support them to join in with some of the actions themselves, help your baby to clap their hands, stamp their feet, or move their arms along to the music.
Activity 1 - Copycat
Copying your little one's sounds and actions is a great way of letting them known that they're listened to and that you're ready to communicate with them.
By copying them, they get use to the back and forth rhythm of conversation. Follow your babies lead and be expressive, make sure you are at your baby’s level and they can easily see you. Make eye contact and copy any action or sound they make.
Activity 2 - Sensory Mats
‘Make some fabulous DIY sensory mats for babies and toddlers using recycled materials on wooden coasters! These are so simple and enjoyable to create and make a fantastic, sensory-rich toy for little hands to export’.
Activity 3 - Storytime, The Dog on the Log
Activity 1 - Cereal Sand
Create some sensory sand for your baby to explore using cereal.
Activity 2 - Building
This simple activity introduces your baby to simple vocabulary, and encourage focussed attention. Face baby and using soft blocks, stacking cups or soft bricks, create a small tower between you. Use simple words to tell baby what’s happening as you build ‘up, up, up’ or ‘one, two, three’.
Say ‘ready, steady, go’ or ‘oh dear’ ‘crash’ and knock the tower over.
Rebuild the tower and repeat a few times if baby is interested.
Let your baby hold and explore the bricks, with their hands and mouths, or let your baby try building themselves.
Activity 3 - Sing along, Down the Startion