Baby Play

Babies learn via their senses (i.e. sound, sight, taste, smell and touch). The first five years of a child’s life is important to brain development and attachment. Research has shown the impact this has upon their future health and wellbeing. Baby Play is free and unstructured. It allows the baby to explore their world and develop confidence in doing so.

All Baby Play is about experimentation and repetition. Babies babble and use vocalisations to communicate. Babies are social beings and enjoy meeting other babies, therefore playgroup is a wonderful opportunity to share these experiences with other parents and carers.

For more information on developmental milestones, visit the Raising Children’s Network website here.

By participating in Baby Play on a regular basis, a child may develop:

  • physical skills (e.g., crawling, sitting, rolling and learning to make mouth movements)
  • language and literacy skills (e.g., face-to-face interaction/non-verbal)
  • sensory skills (i.e. recognise sounds, their name and tones of voice)
  • emotional skills
  • social skills (i.e. recognising objects and people)
  • cognitive skills (i.e. recognising and identifying objects)

Some everyday examples of numbers in everyday life include tummy time, music time, playing with soft blocks or balls, reading books and using sensory mats or boards.

You can view a range of baby activities below:

Sensory Board Baby Play

When babies play with a sensory board they discover different textured items using their senses. Engage with babies by asking open-ended questions.

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Wet Fun For Babies

This activity offers the opportunity for babies to become familiar with new vocabulary while enjoying the sensory experience of playing with water

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Parachute Fun

Playing with a parachute is an holistic experience that promotes healthy habits while having fun and enjoying the company of others.

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Sounds Of Nature

This simple activity helps a child develop their listening and communication skills and feeds their cognitive ability.

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Five Little Ducks Went Out One Day

Children enjoy singing songs and listening to stories about animals. Nursery rhymes are a great way to engage all ages.

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Babies In The Sandpit

Babies enjoy sand play. The baby can sit with a carer in the sandpit and experience the texture, temperature, movement of the sand.

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Making Bubbles

Bubbles are a great source of delight for children. Bubble play is a socially interactive and infectious activity that brings children and babies together.

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Tummy Time

Providing opportunities for your baby to spend time on their tummy is important for the development of their neck, back and shoulder muscles.

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Row Row Row Your Boat

This activity invites children to experiment and explore the use of sounds and melodies. Music is a universal language catering to all ages.

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I'm A Little Robot

Nursery rhymes make language learning more memorable and interesting and this song is no exception.

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Bathing Baby

Children love to imitate adults. While doing this they learn about roles, jobs and how it feels to be an important person with special tasks to perform.

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Water Garden

This experience provides a way to introduce your baby to nature and colours. A water garden offers the opportunity for babies to enjoy playing with water.

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Play Dough Fun

Playing with dough can be a quiet, sensory activity or a great way to initiate general conversation with children.

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Singing Time

Singing time provides an opportunity to introduce turn taking and encourage language development.

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