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Activity Box

Stage 1(0-3 months)

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COT

Busy Fingers

Find
  • Cot Mobile.
Make
  • Lay baby in the cot.
  • Place the play mobile on the cot above their heads.
  • Ensure the mobile is securely attached to the cot and will not fall.
  • Turn on the mobile and observe how your child engages with the mobile.
  • Do they visually see the mobile/do they coo or gurgle/they may reach out to try and touch the toys?
Play

Baby mobiles are so much more than just cute objects hanging from the ceiling or crib. Not only can they help soothe and calm your baby, but they are also a terrific way to give your baby's brain a boost. Sensory interaction is important for babies, and that is what's so great about baby mobiles. They are your child's first learning tool, and in time your child will want to reach out and grasp the items on the mobile, thus developing motor and visual skills.

HIDE

Peek-a-boo

Find
  • Yourself.
  • Blanket to hide behind.
Make
  • Lay baby on a blanket on their tummy on the floor.
  • You can lay on your tummy facing your baby and cover your face with your hands or a scarf.
  • Then uncover your face and say “peek-a-boo”.
  • Play this game several times with your child.
Play

This activity will help increase your child’s social skills. Initiating games is a skill that is later required in preschool and school where the child will need to initiate games with their peers and build friendships. Add language during the play routines. Describe what they are doing; for example, you are putting the red blanket on your head! This will facilitate understanding of the language of the game as well as the routine of the game.

BABY

Tummy Time

Find
  • Yourself.
  • A small selection of Toys.
Make
  • Clear a small area of the floor.
  • Place your baby on his/her tummy on a playmat or clean towel.
  • Surround your baby with a few favourite toys.
  • Try to keep your baby belly-down for three to five minutes, two to three times a day.
  • As your baby begins enjoying tummy time, work up to longer and more frequent sessions throughout the day.
Play

Tummy time is placing your baby on his stomach to play. Practising tummy time helps babies develop the muscles necessary to lift their heads and, eventually, to sit up, crawl and walk. Tummy time is a fundamental skill and should be part of their daily routine. Use toys to engage your child so that they do not become too distressed. Talk to your baby and reassure them that it is ok. Try and use toys that make a sound to distract them.