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 - Learn and Crawl
If your baby is just starting to crawl try this simple no prep activity. On a soft/ crawl space surface (a rug works brilliantly), try scattering some colorful toys or blocks. Arrange them in a line, or a zig zag pattern. Place your baby at the end and encourage them to crawl from one to the next, like a mini obstacle course. The key here is to space the blocks far enough apart so that your baby has to put in a little work. Keep them close enough together that she doesn’t get too tired or overwhelmed.
Try lying at the other end of the course to encourage your baby to keep moving towards you, or ask an older sibling to do this, they can be your babies cheerleader.
Tummy Time (pdf)
Activity 2 - Sensory Bags Paint
Squeeze a couple of different coloured washable finger paint into a ziplock bag. You can add an extra bag or tape for extra security. Spread the paint around to coat the inside of the bag. You can then place the bag in front of your baby during tummy time. Or if your baby is sitting up, you can attach the bag to a glass door at a low height, using tape. The light passing through the bag will create an extra sensory experience.
Show your little one how to make marks on the outside of the bag with their hand or finger. You may have to hold their hand to help guide them initially. This is a great activity to promote motor skills and supports the development of muscles in the shoulders, arms and hands. Whilst also providing a new sensory experience for babies to explore.
To preserve your little one's artwork, simply cut the edges off the bag and then peel off the top of the bag, and lay flat to dry or press it on to a piece of paper to create a print.
Activity 3 - Storytime
Read your favourite story, or stories to baby. This is a calm activity that can be done together at any time of the day to help support your bond with baby.
Activity 1 - Sounds
Babies love listening and will be interested in new noises. You’ll probably find lots of things around the house which make interesting noises. Try scrunching up tin foil, blowing bubbles from a cup of water or tapping two spoons together and see how your baby reacts to the noise. See what interesting noises you can make for your baby.
Activity 2 - Seaside Adventure
Head to the beach if you live nearby. Your baby will love the feel of the sand, even on rainy days, so pack the wellies and waterproofs. And babies will enjoy the new sights and sounds, like seagulls and waves, there are lots of new things to stimulate the senses. If you’re not close to the coast, why not make your own beach? All you need is a few pebbles and shells, some sand in a washing up basin and you can fill empty plastic bottles with water. Little ones will love the shapes and textures – and enjoy getting messy with your help.
Activity 3 - Storytime, The Gruffalo
Activity 1 - Camping
Create an outdoor fort for you and your baby to shelter in, by putting up a tent, building a den or simply placing a sheet over some chairs. Pop a comfy mat down to sit on. Your baby will love the change of scenery; they can look out into the garden. Share what you can see and hear, are there birds? Can you see the light passing through the material? This is a simple and fun bonding experience and allows you to spend some time with your baby whilst engaging their senses.
Activity 2 - Black and White
Babies love looking at black and white, it is great for their visual development and they will focus on black and white resources. Try finding contrasting items in your house to show to your baby. You can also try using a black marker pen to draw simple shapes or pictures onto white paper or card. Draw simple shapes and patterns and show them to your baby.
Activity 3 - Sing Along and Count to 8
Activity 1 - Fun with Animals
Let your little one make some furry friends. Whilst supervising carefully, allow your baby to meet a family pet, and gently feel their fur with their fingers. Alternatively take them to show them the fish at a nearby pet shop, where your baby will love watching the bubbles in the water. You can also introduce your baby to animals using toys, a video or pictures in a book. Name each animal for your baby and tell them what sound the animal makes.
Activity 2 - Tummy Time
Tummy time is essential for your little one’s development, babies need it to learn, grow and develop their skeleton and muscles. You can make tummy time more interesting by laying baby across your chest or on your legs. Try laying your baby on their tummy for a few minutes at a time to begin with to get your baby used to laying on their front.
Once baby is beginning to get use to tummy time you can add toys, or a treasure basket to keep it new and interesting.
Activity 3 - What's in the Bag
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.
Choose your bag and fill it with props that link to your favorite songs. You’re bound to have some around the house already. Choose an item from the bag, show your baby, and sing about it. You can also take turns picking things out from the bag.
Activity 1 - Gloop
Gloop is an easy sensory activity for you and your baby to enjoy together. Simply mix cornflour and water together in a container. It will be a relatively thick consistency in the pot but when you play with it, your body heat will warm it and it will become runnier, almost as if it is melting. You can also add a small amount of paint or food colouring to change the colour. Or try sprinkling glitter in to give a different look.
For young babies you can play with the gloop, show them how it drips off your fingers, or try dripping a small amount on to their arms, hands or feet. Slightly older children can try dipping their own hands in, alternatively give them a spoon so they can scoop the gloop out of the tray. You could try this by placing the container on a towel on the floor, or placing some on the table of a highchair for baby to explore. Don’t worry too much about the mess; Gloop will wash away easily with water.
While you are playing try using new words with your baby to describe what you can see or feel.
Activity 2 - Jelly play
THIS ACTIVITY IS FOR BABIES OVER 6 MONTHS OLD
Make up some sugar free jelly following the instructions on the packets, and set this in the fridge, place some toys or objects in a container and put the jelly on top.Your baby will be able to see the toys through the jelly and will have to dig through it to be able to get them out. This is not only a new sensory experience for baby, but will also support the development of their motor skills. You may need to help them to get the toy that they want by gently guiding their hands through the jelly towards it. The jelly will feel strange but baby will hopefully enjoy exploring this new texture.
Activity 3 - Storytime, The Cave