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 - 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 more runny, 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 in 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 - Faces
Babies love to explore the world through touch. Allow your little one to feel the different parts of your face or their stuffed animals' faces with his hands. Say the names of the parts of the face as your baby touches them, and gently direct your baby's hand to touch their own nose, mouth, ears, and more. You could also guide your baby's hands to your own face while you speak and make facial expressions so that they can get to know how we use our faces to communicate.
It is always fun for your baby to explore your face. Put your baby's hand on one part of your face or head, such as your nose, mouth, chin, ear, etc. and say what it is, you can then take turns going back and forth between the baby's body parts and yours. Talk about what you are doing.
This supports early communication, and understanding, but also promotes bonding between you and your baby.
Activity 3 - Sing Along and Count to 8
Activity 1 - Tummy Time
Tummy time is essential for your babies 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 few minutes at a time to begin with to get your baby used to laying on their front.
Tummy Time (pdf)
Activity 2 - Mirror Play
Babies love looking at their own reflection in a mirror, once they start to recognise their own reflection, mirror time can help baby to build up knowledge of their own body, how they look and how they move. They will also love catching a glimpse of the reflections of other people and their toys.
Try using a large mirror if you have one to try out some simple activities.
Try starting simply, by clapping your hands 3 times saying ‘clap clap clap’ then support your baby to clap their own hands. Baby will enjoy seeing their reflection move, and with repetition will begin to do this independently.
You can also try making silly faces into the mirror for your baby to look at.
Activity 3 - Story Time
Take some quiet time to read your favorite book together, be sure to show your little one the pictures, allow them to hold the book or support them to help you turn the page. You can also add silly voices, actions, hand movements or sound effects. This is a really simple bonding activity that you can both enjoy together.
Activity 1 - Sensory Bags
Use Ziploc bags and different household objects to create simple sensory bags for your baby. Sensory bags allow your baby to explore different textures, and are perfect for children to enjoy their sense of sight and touch.
For ideas of what to put in a sensory bag try the website below.
Sensory Bags - The Chaos and the Clutter
Activity 2 - Creating a Ball Pool / Basket to Explore
There is so much your baby can learn and enjoy with a simple collection of balls! Explore textures, colors, and shapes by gathering up any balls in the house and placing them in a discovery basket, tray, or ball pool.
The benefits of this simple baby play are helping to work on fine and gross motor skills, vocabulary, color recognition, sensory stimulation, and more.
You can include balls of different sizes, textures or materials. Try squishy balls, plastic, wooden or a tennis ball. You can also include a rattle. You could also place a few of the smaller ones in a closed container for baby to hold, roll or shake, and see what they can hear. If you have a light up ball, include that too, for another different sensory experience.
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. For example a cow figure of jigsaw piece for ‘old MacDonald had a farm’
Activity 1 - Sensory Play
Use an umbrella and some simple household objects to create a sensory activity that will allow your baby to explore using their sense of sight, touch and hearing. This will also support communication development.
Umbrella Sensory Play - Best Toys 4 Toddlers
Activity 2 - Water Play
Try filling the tray on your baby’s high chair with a small amount of water, allowing your little one to splash about with their fingers and hands. This will help your baby learn fine motor skills, develop coordination and begin to understand cause and effect, for example hitting the water creates a splash.
For extra fun try adding some objects that float, milk bottle tops work well. This allows your baby to track the objects as they move, which supports visual development.
Baby Play Water Tray Play - Learn With Play at Home
Activity 3 - Listen to a Story, The Selfish Fish
Activity 1 - Window Grab
Try creating a window grab. Sit your baby in their highchair, by a window or glass door. Attach items to the glass that your baby will try to reach out and grab, this is good for the development of gross motor skills, but also provides a different perspective to other games that may take place on the floor. Sitting in front of the window gives your baby lots to look at, and they will experience different lights and sounds in this new position.
Wet foam or sponge toys should stick easily to the glass, but you can see what else you can get to stick.
Activity 2 - Squishy Painting
Activity 3 - Stick Man