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: