Cause and Effect Games
Role play a picnic with your picnic mat and plastic tea set. Whilst your little one is enjoying themselves, you are helping to expose them
to a range of skills such as turn-taking, sharing, socialising, and self-feeding.
Babies love seeing how your or their actions result in different effects. They are fascinated by lights turning on and off, turning the TV/radio on and off,
clapping, doorbells ringing, rolling balls, turning taps...endless options are possible.
'Jack in the Box' for babies
A gentler version of jack-in-the-box can be made with a finger puppet attached to a stick punched through the bottom of a plastic cup or yoghurt carton.
Babies will love watching as your puppet appears and disappears, popping up and down. Any game with an element of anticipation is sure to get a positive
response, no matter how simple.
A little more messy but lots of fun is the idea of using food to explore textures. A bowl of pasta shapes, rice krispies/cornflakes, cold cooked
rice/cous cous or even jelly for the very adventurous can be really enjoyable, and safe if your little feels slightly peckish!
All you need is a chunky paint brush your little one can hold and a pot of water. Try painting the patio or a wall outside. Watch how the water changes the
shade of colour or just have fun drawing silly faces and stick men. Why not try painting your feet and making watery foot prints. Just remember to capture
your creations with your camera before the water dries! For a more colourful experience use coloured chalk to draw on the patio before adding the water.
Chalk can be hosed down easily, leaving no mess.
Filling plastic bottles with different materials are great for baby to listen to and watch. Try making shakers by filling with dried pasta, lentils or rice.
Alternatives include foil squares, colourful shiny sweet wrappers or glittery water.
Fun with Friends
Create your own set of musical instruments which baby will love. An upside down plastic bowl with a wooden spoon makes an excellent drum, whilst filling
bottles with dried pasta or rice create quick and easy maracas.
Simply spending time with friends is both free and fun, whilst helping to engage your youngster. Sharing time with peers helps them to develop socially and
emotionally, and provides opportunities for sharing, turn-taking and learning from others.
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