Category: Baby Play

We Made a Mini Sensory Garden in a Sandpit

We Made a Mini Sensory Garden in a Sandpit

Not so long ago, I told you all about our plans to transform our garden from a drab and swampy mess into a toddler friendly play space for Florence to take advantage of through the summer. While I have planters across the middle of the […]

50+ Simple Baby Play essentials you probably already have at home

50+ Simple Baby Play essentials you probably already have at home

With so many lovely responses to my recent Simple Baby Play posts, I thought I would finally get around to sharing with you a list of items I class as baby play essentials. These are all things that I have built up over time and […]

5 More Simple Baby Play Ideas

5 More Simple Baby Play Ideas

I’ve had so many lovely messages about my last baby play post that I thought I’d share another five simple baby play ideas with you guys.

What’s in the bag?

Whenever my Mum comes to visit, the first thing Florence does is empty her handbag of all of its contents and then popping it all back in. The same happens with the changing bag, my make up bag… basically, give my daughter a bag and it will keep her entertained for ages! It’s a great activity for teaching babies the words ‘in’ and ‘out’, as well as naming each item they pick up. It doesn’t have to be a bag either, a basket or box will do too.

Mama’s Purse

Similarly with bags, Florence loves a purse! If I need five minutes to clear up or keep her distracted while we’re travelling, I always pull my purse out (take all the change and my bank card out!) and let her play with the card section. My purse is always full of old train tickets & loyalty cards so she has great fun sliding them in and out of the slots and it’s a really good little fine motor skills builder.

Peekaboo!

‘Where’s Florence gone?’… ‘Boo!’. So she hasn’t quite grasped that you have to cover your eyes yet, but we probably play this about 5 times a day… at least! It’s a super simple game to play with your baby wherever you are and the bonus is you don’t need anything other than yourself & baby. Obviously, you can use a blanket or a toy to cover your face too, or even hide behind a bigger object, but when it comes to simple baby play, it doesn’t get much simpler than this.

Water Play

Give my baby a container of water and you can be sure she’ll play away for ages. We’ve bought her a water table for an early birthday present which is possibly the best purchase I’ve ever made as she has played with it almost every day since it arrived, but you don’t have to have a water table to be able to introduce your little one to water play. A tub, a large bowl, a plastic storage box or a paddling pool are all a good alternative… just add some bath toys or cups & spoons! It goes without saying that all play should be supervised, but please always keep a close eye on your baby while they’re playing with water!

Pick Up Sticks

Sticks, straws, pipe cleaners, they all work just the same for this little game. In fact, the more colourful the better! For this one I sat Florrie in her tuff spot (to contain the spread!) and poured out a packet of straws for her to play with. She spent ages rolling them around, picking them up in handfuls or just one at a time, blowing through them, spreading them out. Again, this is a fab activity for developing those fine motor skills as well as opening up an opportunity to teach your baby colours.

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5 Simple Baby Play Activities

5 Simple Baby Play Activities

Since having Florence, I have become passionate about play. I have loved seeing how, even from an early age, Florence has learned new skills and understandings through playing and today I wanted to share with you 5 simple baby play activities that you can do […]

A First Birthday Wishlist

A First Birthday Wishlist

Today, Florence turned 11 months and I am finding it quite hard to believe just how close we are to Florence turning one! We are busy making plans to celebrate a year of Florence Ivy in style and today has been all about searching out […]

Hape Little Red Bus Review

Hape Little Red Bus Review

As you know, we’re working with Hape in the lead up to Christmas to share our thoughts on a selection of their baby toys. Last week, I told you all about all the fun we’ve been having with our Penguin wobbler and this week I wanted to share with you what we make of the Little Red Bus* we were sent.

The Hape Mini Vehicle range consists of a wide variety of wooden transport items including a car, a tractor, a school bus, a truck and more! We were lucky enough to receive a Little Red Bus* to test out. I’ve always loved the idea of Florence having cars & trains & planes to play with and so these bigger, baby friendly versions make the perfect introduction to this new world of play. Florence Baby's First Christmas 3

The first thing that strikes you is how bright and bold in colour they are. The red of the ‘Little Red Bus*’ is similar to that of a London Bus and works in perfect contrast to its natural wooden wheels. The three window holes make it lovely and easy for little fingers to handle and grasp without any difficulty while also being extremely robust in design. The wheels move easily too, enabling your little one to push and pull the vehicle along. All great features for developing those early fine motor skills.

As Florence is only just six months, a lot of our play with this involves me moving the vehicle along for her to watch or rolling it over her legs and tummy which she finds very funny! We’ve also been using the visual word ‘beep’ to help build upon those early language skills which I read about here.

Like everything these days, the Little Red Bus*  ends up in her mouth more often than not. She has two teeth now which are incredibly cute but also super sharp! Despite her doing her best to gnaw her way through it, I am really impressed with how the red paint hasn’t even showed a hint of any damage. It’s a fab little toy to pop in the changing bag for on the go play too. Hape Mini Vehicles Review 2

For only £6.00 I feel like this little wooden bus is a lovely idea for a baby’s first stocking or Christmas gift. We’ve bought a helicopter from the range to pop in Flo’s.

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As mentioned before, we were sent this Little Red Bus by our friends at Hape in return for our honest feedback. All of the opinions published in this review are my own.

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Christmas Discovery Basket for 6 months & up

Christmas Discovery Basket for 6 months & up

As well as some fab toy reviews, I’m going to be sharing a few festive baby play ideas here over the next few weeks. Today I thought I would tell you about our Christmas Discovery Basket which is suitable for around 6 months and above. […]

Jingle Jangle Penguin Play – Hape Penguin Musical Wobbler Review

Jingle Jangle Penguin Play – Hape Penguin Musical Wobbler Review

We are so thrilled to be working with one of our favourite Toy Brands again in the lead up to Christmas. If you’re a regular around here, you might remember that a few months back, Hape sent us an adorable set of bath toys to […]