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Activity Box

Stage 1(0-3 months)

Eye Icon Visual Tracking

HAND PUPPET

Hand Puppet Play

Find
  • Any Hand Puppet (animal/face).
  • Yourself.
Make
  • Place a puppet on your hand.
  • Move puppet up and down, while saying baby’s name.
  • See if they can follow the movement.
  • Then move the puppet in a circle.
  • As soon as they can follow the movement, try different movements.
Play

Puppets are great fun for children of any age. You can use puppets to develop children’s language skills as well as their social and play skills. The goal is to help your child follow and track a visually interesting object (puppet) in this activity. If available, use different puppets and try different movements such up/down on my mum’s head/on baby’s tummy and from side to side.

ALBUM

Smiling Faces

Find
  • Pictures of the family smiling.
  • Yourself.
  • A quiet area free from distractions.
Make
  • Babies love faces.
  • Go through pictures of family and friends or make a personal book for your baby.
  • Point out the smiling faces for baby.
  • Tell your baby the names of the people that he/she is looking at.
Play

This activity helps your baby develop focus. By showing them photos of family members and their faces, your child will learn to recognise these people later in life and will enjoy looking at people’s happy faces. You can also show a little video of familiar people smiling and just saying hi. Name the person they see, so they hear the name of that person. Extend this activity by pointing out body parts such as their eyes/nose/mouth and ears.

TEDDY BEAR

Soft Toy Play

Find
  • Soft Toy such as a Teddy.
  • Yourself.
  • A quiet area free of distractions.
Make
  • While baby is alert, awake, and calm place a soft, cushy toy with a face within their arm length.
  • The face will interest them, and the way it feels will develop their sense of touch.
  • Move the toy up and down, left and right in front of them. 
  • Use different soft toys if available.
Play

Visual tracking is an important skill that a child will need in later life. A child will require this skill for almost all daily activities, including reading, writing, cutting with scissors, drawing, and playing. Look at how the child attends to the activity and then how they follow and track the moving toy/object. To extend the activity, have minimal distractions in the learning environment such as other toys within child’s reach.