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 - Taking Turns
Baby’s first turn taking game is smiling, wait for baby to smile, then smile back, keep taking turns as long as baby wants to. Once baby starts to laugh, take turns laughing. Copy any noises or babbling your baby makes and imitate their facial expressions.
Or try making different noises or facial expressions yourself to see if baby is copying you.
Don’t worry if baby loses interest after a short while.
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 blocks, with their hands and mouths, or let your baby try building themselves.
Activity 3 - Sing A Song, The Sneaky Crocodile
Activity 1 - Make a story
Put 5 or 6 photos together in a photo album or on paper to create a book. Include, family, friends or pets. You can also include a picture of baby. Sit together and look through the book telling your baby the names of people ‘here’s grandma’ and maybe something about them.
Activity 2 - Cooking
For Age 6 months+ only
Get your little one involved while you are cooking, sitting them in a safe place, such as a high chair. Show your little one the things you are using, if they appear interested in something you can name it for them, or tell them how an ingredient feels or tastes, try using words such as yummy, crunchy, squishy or wet.
They could also play with saucepan, or spoons, say the name of what they are playing with, and let them explore, maybe they want to stir, bang or tip.
Your little one can also ‘help’ you put the shopping away, show them some of the objects you have bought and tell them the name, especially if it is a new item your baby hasn’t seen before.
Activity 3 - Read Along, Who's at the Door?
Activity 1 - Surprise Bag
Choose 2 or 3 objects that feel or look different and place them in a bag or pillow case. Remember your little one will want to explore things with their mouth so choose things that are safe. Take the objects out one at a time, and talk t about what it’s called, how it feels, looks or smells.
Let your little one explore the object and hold it if they can, talk about the things they are doing with the object.
Activity 2 - Sensory Bonding
Engaging in gentle physical play such as tickling your baby can help you and your baby to bond, and is a positive sensory experience for your baby.
Try holding baby or lying facing them so you can see their expressions. For tiny babies try gently tapping or patting the feet and hands, use a calm and gentle voice to talk about what you’re doing. This will be a new sensory experience for your baby.
For bigger babies you can try gently nuzzling your face into their tummy, blowing raspberries on their hands and feet or pretending to nibble toes, feet, elbows or fingers.
Watch your babies reactions to see if they like or dislike certain feelings and talk to them calmly about what you are doing, using words like ‘more’ or ‘again’.
Activity 3 - Sing Along, Did You Ever See a Bunny?
Activity 1 - Making Marks
There are lots of different ways to support the development of your baby’s early mark making skills. Mark making activities can help to support baby’s motor skills development.
- Try painting their hands and feet, to make a handprint or footprint. Talk to your baby about how it looks and feels. This is a new sensory experience for baby, so take it slow and watch for their reaction. The paint may feel cold and this may surprise baby.
- Paint on black paper using water, make different patterns and watch them dry. If baby is able allow them to spread the water around using their hands, so they can feel the water. Talk about how it feels, using simple language, words such as cold or wet.
- Let a baby touch a steamed up window or mirror, trace patterns in the steam using your fingers and show baby what you are doing.
- Use simple words, sounds and gestures to describe what you are doing.
Activity 2 - Boxes
Baby’s love to explore boxes, gather boxes of different sizes or shapes, and try playing in different ways to keep your baby’s attention.
- Try placing different things inside the boxes, and talk about what might be in side, shake the box to see if it’s noisy, is the box big or small. Help your baby to open the box to reveal what’s inside.
- For slightly bigger children give them a variety of boxes to hold and explore, see how your baby wants to play, will you stack them up, hold them, or bang them together. Talk to your baby about what they are doing.
If your baby can sit up by themselves and you have a big enough box, you can try sitting your baby gently inside the box with a few toys, try placing a blanket down first to make sure your baby is comfortable, for a short time. This will provide them a new environment to experience while they play. Try playing peek-a-boo, duck down so baby can’t see you and the pop your face over the side of the box, saying boo.
Activity 3 - Read Along, Rocket Ship
Activity 1 - I can be a...
Explore different animal sounds and sensations with your baby through gentle tickling. When your baby is in a happy mood, sit so you are facing each other.
Think of an animal and gently move your hands towards baby’s tummy, feet, nose or hands, whilst making the animal noise. Try ‘busy bee is going to tickle you buzz buzz buzz’, or ‘here comes the snake to tickle you sssssss’, You can use any animal you choose.
You could also use an animal puppet or soft toy to do the tickling for a different experience.
Activity 2 - Tummy Time
Tummy time will help support your baby’s head and neck muscles, and physical development, whilst preparing them for sitting and standing. Try livening up short periods of tummy time by setting up books for your baby to look at, place an array of books on the floor in front of your baby so they have something different to focus on. You can lay books on the floor, or try standing them up to give your baby a new perspective, just make sure they don’t fall over.
Remember it’s ok to stick to short periods of time, follow your baby’s lead, if they seem unhappy you can always try again later on.
Tummy Time (pdf)
Activity 3 - Sing Along, Down at the Station