Infant Activities - Week 3

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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!

 

What day is it today?

 

 

Monday's Activities

Activity 1 - Sharing Stories

It’s never too early to start sharing books with children – they might not understand the words, but they will love cuddling up, hearing your voice, and looking at the pictures.

During your child’s first year you should receive a Book Start Baby Pack.  The content varies, but will include two board books, a rhyme sheet and a booklet of tips and ideas for sharing books with children from a very young age.

 

Activity 2 - Cereal Play

Small or large quantities of dry cereals are good for creative play. 

Put cereals on different surfaces such as tin trays, plastic sheeting, fabric and listen to the different sounds.   Pour a pack on a builders tray and the children stomp on it (with bear feet if possible).  Let standing babies play with mixtures of cereals in bowls or water trays.   Give them containers so they can pour and scoop the dry cereal in and out of bowls and cups. 

 

Activity 3 -  Ready Steady Go!

'Ready...Steady...Go!' games are great for building your baby's attention and listening skills.

Build their excitement for all sorts of things, from blowing bubbles, to rolling a ball, or blowing a raspberry, by using the words 'Ready...Steady...'.

Before you say 'Go!', wait for your baby to make a noise or gesture to show they are ready.

This will encourage them to show you what they want to happen.

Ready Steady Go - BBC Tiny Happy People

  

Activity 4 - Sing a Song, What Shall We Do... 

What shall we do with a bouncing baby? (same tune as what shall we do with the drunken sailor)

Sit your baby on your knee facing you.

What shall we do with a bouncing baby?
What shall we do with a bouncing baby?
What shall we do with a bouncing baby, early in the morning? 

Stroke, stroke, stroke his/her legs, stroke, stroke, stroke his/her legs, stroke, stroke, stroke his/her legs early in the morning.

(Chorus)

Tickle, Tickle, Tickle his/her tummy, Tickle, Tickle, Tickle his/her tummy.  Tickle, Tickle, Tickle his/her tummy early in the morning.

(Chorus)

Wobble, Wobble, Wobble his/her arms, Wobble, Wobble, Wobble his/her arms. Wobble, Wobble, Wobble his/her arms early in the morning.

 

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Tuesday's Activities

Activity 1 - Fine Motor Play

Fine Motor Play - The Imagination Tree

 

Activity 2 - Vision: Shape

Edges fascinate babies they are the first thing many babies focus on.

Babies need lots of hands on experience of the shapes of things.

Give them plenty of real life objects to handle, and remember that babies need to explore with their mouths, feet and bodies as well as their eyes, hands and fingers.

Babies also begin to enjoy putting thing in and taking things out, so provide plenty of small containers and objects so they can practice filling and emptying.  

 

Activity 3 - Let's Dance

Is your baby a smooth mover?

Babies love moving to a beat, so put on some tunes and get bouncing, swaying and bopping with them.

Listening to music and getting used to rhythm helps to develop the parts of the brain babies use for language learning.

And the closeness you both feel as you dance is great for bonding.

Let's Dance - BBC Tiny Little People

 

Activity 4 - Sing a Song, Open Shut Them

Either lay the baby down on their back in front of you are sit them up in front of you and move your hands to the words.

Open, shut them, open shut them, give a little clap… clap

Open, shut them, open shut them, lay them in your lap

Open, shut them, open shut them, give them all a shake.. shake

Open shut them, open shut them, keep them wide awake

Open, shut them, open shut them, don’t get in a muddle,

Open, shut them, open shut them, give yourselves a cuddle

 

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Wednesday's Activities

Activity 1 - Baby Sensory Play: Water

Baby Sensory Play: Water - The Imagination Tree

 

Activity 2 - Vision: Moving

From the first moment when a tiny baby follows an object of person with their eyes, young babies and children use the sense of sight to help them learn more about the world around them.  Moving objects are simple to make and can be the focus for watching as well as for games and songs that help babies and children to focus and concentrate.

Babies love watching the effect they can have on objects.  They spend long periods making things move- rattles, ribbons, spoons, small objects and toys. 

Dropping is another feature that babies explore- particularly when babies are sitting in a high chair.

 

Activity 3 -  The 'Rolling Along' Treasure Basket'

From the age of eight or nine month children are showing signs of moving about and crawling- exploring the world further.  As children begin to move about, they become interested in other things that move to. 

Stimulating items that roll and need chasing engage children and encouragement movement in them. 

Ideas for items that roll:-

Variety of balls, small and large cardboard tubes, serviette rings, marble or wooden eggs, curtain rings, sweets tubes, coaters, wooden wheels, cookie cutters, beakers, cups and roll of tape. 

 

Activity 4 - Sing a Song, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle, twinkle little star,
how I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle little star,
how I wonder what you are.

  

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Thursday's Activities

Activity 1 - Read Along

Baby's Day - The BookTrust

 

Activity 2 - Boxes

0-6 months- Gather different sized boxes.  

  • Put things inside and shake them. 
  • Put a toy inside and help baby find it. 
  • Talk about what’s happening and what you see.

6-12 months - Gather different sized boxes. 

  • Put a big box on its side for baby to crawl in.
  • Give baby some smaller boxes like shoe boxes or toothbrush boxes, watch how they want to play.  
  • Give baby thing to bang with (wooden spoon, hair brush, bunch of keys) or to put in (bricks or sock).  
  • Talk about what baby is doing.
  • Use simple words that link to what they are doing/interested in. 

 

Activity 3 -  Sensory Play: Exploring Outdoors

Baby Sensory Play: Exploring Outdoors - The Imagination Tree

 

Activity 4 - Sing a Song, Row Row Row Your Boat

Row, row your boat gently down the stream,
Merrily merrily merrily merrily life is but a dream.

Rock, rock, rock the boat gently two and fro
Wibbildy, wobbildy, Wibbildy wobbildy
Into the water we go.

Row, row, row your boat, up the jungle stream,
If you see a crocodile, don’t forget to scream

Row, row, row your boat, gently to the shore,
If you see a lion, don’t forget to roar.

Row, row, row your boat, gently up the river,
If you see a polar bear, don’t forget to shiver.

 

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Friday's Activities

Activity 1 - Tickling

Gentle tickling is a good way of communicating with a baby.  Watch to see if they respond with their eyes or with smiles, noises or movements.   Always respond to what they are telling you in this way.

0-6 months - start by patting babies hands or feet gently. 

  • Say “pat pat” or “pat your feet” so baby hears your voice. 
  • With baby lying down or facing you, say a rhyme like “chin, cheek, chin, cheek, chin, cheek, nose, chin, cheek, chin, cheek, chin, cheek, toes”.  Touch each one as you say it.

6-12 months - with baby lying down tickle different body parts

  • say a rhyme “Tickle your tum, tickle your nose, tickle your knees and tickle your toes”.
  • Talk about what you are doing. 

 

Activity 2 - Sharing Baby Books, Exploring Through Touch

Whether they’re grabbing your finger or chewing on the edges of their cot, from the moment your baby is born, they are eager to explore the world around them through touch.

Talking about how things feel, as well as naming what they are, will help your baby to learn language. You can start at any age and you can use anything.

Try talking to your baby the next time you notice something they can't keep their hands off.

Sharing Baby Books, Exploring Through Touch - BBC Tiny Happy People

 

Activity 3 - Scrunch Up Paper

If you’ve watched a baby at presents giving, you’ll know that usually the paper holds more allure than the gift inside.

Capitalise on this and give baby some scrunched up paper just for fun. Do watch them though – gummy sucks can cause the paper to fall apart so have new sheets on hand to replace with.

 

Activity 4 - Sing a Song, I Like to Ride My Bicycle

Lay the baby down on their back and gently move their legs like they are riding a bike, when you say ‘green’ move the legs faster.

I like to ride my bicycle. I ride it to the shops

And when I see a big red light, I know that I must stop.

Red…Yellow and….. GRREEEEENNNN!!!!.

 

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