Super quick set up, and lots of fun to play with. This vegetable sensory play tub is perfect for some Fast Fun Play, especially at dinner prep time, when you have a little helper in your kitchen.
Today we’re enjoying some midsummer messy play with a sunshine sensory tub!
Midsummer messy play :: solstice sensory tub [Read more…]
Does you baby enjoy tummy time? While we always put our babies to sleep by lying them on their backs, giving them the opportunity for some daily tummy time play is important for their development. Here are some ideas you could use to make tummy time happy.
Tummy time ideas [Read more…]
What are the best toys for babies? Do babies need toys? Here’s how to make treasure baskets for babies filled with interesting items from around the home to provide your baby with lots of shapes, textures and sizes to explore.
Treasure baskets for babies [Read more…]
Babies change so much during their first year, developing in their physical, social and language skills. Think how different a new born and a one year old are. A good way to keep up with their development and make sure you’re matching your play to suit them is to borrow a practice from Early Years professional and carry out a play audit every couple of months.
How to carry out a play audit [Read more…]
Our last SUPERbaby post was about all the wonderful play items you can find around the home and use to make a treasure basket for your baby to explore. As you can see from these picture our SUPERbaby poster girl has discovered something else which makes a fabulous, frugal and fun toy for little ones: shoe boxes!
Sturdy enough for some baby-handling, they make great discovery boxes. Take some of your treasures and hide them inside for your baby to find.
Pop the lids on and let your baby begin to understand the concept of object permanence – that even if they can’t see teddy, he is still in the box. Once your baby has played with this idea for a while you could sneak teddy out and watch their surprise when they discover he’s relocated behind your back.
Offer your baby a pile of goodies and let them put things in and take things out to their heart’s content.
How about stacking the boxes to make a tower? As you baby begins to shuffle or crawl you can place the tower a little out of reach to entice them over to know it down.
And as your baby grows, shoes boxes can transform into trains or cots or houses.
More activities for babies and toddlers
Zero to Two: The Book of Play is full of fun activities for babies and toddlers. Download you copy here!
It’s the half term holiday for us this week and I’m off out and about with the girls, so I thought I’d share a favourite idea from our archive with you today. Using some things from your kitchen cupboards you can give your baby a lovely sensory play time.
Have you thought about how your baby uses their sense of smell as they explore the world? Babies love tubs and pots to put things in and out of and with our aromatherapy box play idea you can give them a smelly sensory experience too.