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 […]
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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 […]
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 with your little one without needing anything you don’t probably already have at home.
Florence loves balls! We have a basket of balls of all different types and sizes and it’s the first thing I grab when we need a quick play activity. We practice rolling them, throwing them, bouncing them, putting them in and out of the basket and sometimes even the dog joins in for a little game of fetch! Ball games are a brilliant introduction to physical play and a great way to develop hand eye coordination and gross motor skills.
Pots & Pans Band
Babies love making noise and this super simple baby play is always a winner in our house. Plus it’s free as everyone has at least one saucepan and a wooden spoon in their kitchen and honestly, that is all you need! You can add a few more pots or pans or musical instruments in to the mix if you want to.
Helping with the laundry
This is hands down one of the best buyers of time for when you just need to get stuff done – ie laundry! I actually happened upon it by accident, I popped Florence down in the laundry basket for a quick second and she busied herself with the pegs for ages! Taking them in and out of the beg basket, clipping them on to the side, putting them all back in.
All you need for this is a colander and a pack of pipe cleaners or straws. Poke the pipe cleaners through the holes of the upside down colander and encourage your baby to pull them out and poke them back in again. Simple as that and it keeps Florrie’s little fingers busy for a while. I often name the colors of the pipe cleaners as she picks one up.
Explore the Garden
Now that the weather is showing signs of improving we are getting out into the garden a lot more. Florence loves being outside and we are currently in the middle of making our garden a lovely little toddler friendly play space. Simply having free roam to explore and take in everything the great outdoors has to offer is perhaps the simplest sensory play a little one could need. Florence likes tickling the flowers and picking up the stones & sticks to examine.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
The basket itself is from Tiger. I use these all over the house as they’re useful and look cute too, and at only a fiver who could complain? It is made from textured weaved plastic, which in itself provides no end of entertainment for Florence as her latest favourite thing to do is flex her fingers and scratch away at any surface she can!
Inside we’ve placed a whole host of Christmassy items ready to get her senses working. Firstly, while it might be banned in my Christmas decor, I have bought a length of tinsel for her discovery box. She loves the way it sparkles under light and tickles her fingers when she plays. She has, however become quite taken with pulling the strands out and trying to eat them, so if I’m not able to supervise play for even a second or am out of reach I do take this away to avoid any choking hazard.
Next in the box I put two silicone baking moulds. They’re in the shape of a snowman and a penguin and are smooth and squishy and seem to work really well as teethers. Plus they’re super easy to clean at the end of the day as I just pop them in the dishwasher and give them back the next morning.
No Christmas is complete without a little sparkle & these glittery baubles are the perfect addition! I taken off the clips & tops to remove any risk of them coming off and Flo choking on them. I’ve also added a red and white stripe knitted bauble. As there’s no plastic topper or small parts this is a lovely baby safe Christmas decoration that can be used in lots of ways. We play a game where I roll it to her and she picks it up, places it back on the floor ready for me to take it and roll it back. It’s the perfect size for her little hands to pass from one to another too.
I made this super easy Christmas discovery ‘bottle’ by filling it with some cute Santa pegs and a couple of jingle bells I bought from Poundland. It makes a great shaker and a brilliant visual stimulant.
Our Hape Penguin wobbler has become our most played with toy of the moment so we could hardly leave him out! He makes a lovely jingle jangle sound and is fab for teaching baby cause & effect. And for a cuddly contrast, our Christmas bear is just perfect.
I’ve included a couple of plastic Star cookie cutters as they’re the perfect play thing for little fingers. And of course, our star night light too. These are great props for a rendition of twinkle twinkle and have encouraged me to start practicing the sign for star with Florence too.
All of these items offer plenty of play opportunities individually and it’s been fascinating to watch Florence become familiar with each thing and then begin to play with them together. Though I think her favourite way to play is to one by one take every item out of the box and try her best to get in it! Haha.
Have you made a discovery box for your baby this Christmas? I would love to see what you’ve put in yours!
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If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know I am a massive fan of themed baby play. It is a fab way to introduce your little one to different toys & experiences and over the last few weeks, our play has been centered […]