With the arrival of Baby R I thought it would be a good opportunity to put all my time working in early years to his advantage, I’m always on the lookout for safe things around the home for him to play with and he doesn’t show much interest in any conventional baby toys after a few play sessions. He’s much more intrigued with heuristic play things.
Baby Play Ideas Pinterest board which I’m adding to all the time, feel free to pop over and pin or follow. (If you’d like to be added to the board to pin some Baby play ideas them send me your email address and I can add you.)
- Foil blanket, The type you find in a 1st aid box.
- Ribbons, most things go straight in his mouth and I can wash these. I’ve even hung some from his car seat to exercise his epic swiping and newly acquired grabbing skills to get that pincer grip working.
- Coasters Yup, you heard it right, coasters. They feel slippy, make a noise when banged together and make brilliant Frisbees!
- Ball Baby R is lucky to have a treasure basket wise God mother who buys him little presents for his stash. This one has colour as well as being really tactile. A juggling ball will have the same effect, just check for damage when teeth arrive.
- Discovery bottle I make these using small fizzy drink or water bottles, filling them with water, sequins and glitter for visual ones and rice and feathers for noisy. Make sure the lid is on very tight.
- Mirror Baby R loves looking at his self!
- Wooden bowl the feel and sound of it when the wooden necklace hits it, fascinates him. He also likes the noise made from banging the coasters on top. As well as touching and exploring it his hands and mouth.
- Flannel for touch and another item that’s washable which is essential as it always ends up in his mouth.
- Onyx bangle this is hard and cold to touch so quite soothing on his gums. I’ll be getting rid of this one though as soon as his teeth come through.
- Wooden bead necklace any bead necklace will do. (Always check that it’s not damaged or has any loose beads, also avoid any with thin string visible as it could be damaged with tiny teeth) I dangle this above his head when he’s lying on the floor and he tries swiping for it.
- Bath Scrunchie a really unusual texture that’s also good for throwing safely and can be washed easily.
Use your imagination then just sit (very close by!) and watch. Don’t interfere too much, the idea is your baby plays at their own will and agenda.