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Activity Box

Stage 1(0-3 months)

Attention Attention

TALK

Parent Talkathon

Find
  • Yourself.
  • A quiet area free from distractions.
Make
  • Talking to baby is important!
  • Use a slow, higher than normal pitch, almost a melodic voice to help get and keep baby’s attention.
  • Babies prefer the sound of Moms’ and Dads’ voices.
  • Your baby might even copy your tongue and mouth movements. 
Play

Talking to your baby will help them understand that they need to listen and attend to your face. Get close to your child when you are talking to them. Narrating allows your child to hear lots of language in a meaningful way. When children hear more words, it improves their understanding of language and increases the number and variety of words that they can understand and use. And it’s not just about better language skills.

RATTLE

Rattle Sounds

Find
  • Yourself.
  • A quiet area free from distractions.
  • A toy rattle that makes a sound when you shake it.
Make
  • Lie your baby down on a mat or the bed.
  • Take a rattle that makes a sound.
  • Shake it to the side of your baby’s head.
  • See if he/she turns to find the sound!
  • Then shake it on the other side and see if they follow the sound.
Play

Using different objects that makes sounds provides an opportunity to listen and attend to these sounds. Your baby is experiencing this world for the first time so that any sounds will interest them at this age. It also helps with sound identification as they get older. If you have a selection of rattles, use a different rattle each time you play this game. Talk to your baby about the sound and the colour of the rattle that you use.

 BABY

Tap, Tap, Tap

Find
  • Yourself.
  • A quiet area free from distractions.
Make
  • Place your baby on their back and sing a song.
  • While singing, tap the bottom of their feet in time with the song.
  • Your baby will love hearing your voice and the tapping gives them a new sound experience. 
Play

This game develops your baby’s listening skills as well as their attention skills. They will focus on your face as you sing while experiencing touch on their feet. Skin to Skin contact is so important for babies at this age, so touching them on their feet/legs/hands gives them a sense of body awareness and comfort. You can tap a different body part when singing another song or tap the second foot. Do what feels comfortable for you and your child.