Tickly Ray

Ray wakes us up every morning With tickly rays of light He tickles our faces, our noses, Our ears and our hearts until night…

Up & Down

(I hear Thunder tune) Long necked Jiffy, Long necked Jiffy He looks down, He looks down Up peeps Yip the puppy, Up peeps Yip the puppy  Up & down, Up & down   … Add some fun actions You…

Exciting chores

Whether you are folding laundry or cooking dinner, baby will be watching and learning.  Make sure you comment on what you are doing and give baby something to discover and investigate, such as an item of clothing or an…

Co bathing

Sharing a bath together can be both fun and relaxing for you and your baby. Pour water over your baby’s body by squeezing water from a washcloth, swish the water around baby and play with rubber ducks, while singing…

Tummy time

Tummy time is important for baby’s physical development, so why not make it a fun bonding experience too. Lay on your back and lift your shins perpendicular to the floor. Place baby on her tummy on your shins while…

Walk in the park

Taking a walk in the park with your baby is a great way to get some fresh air and also stimulate their senses. Baby will be looking at you the whole time so this is your chance to engage…

Sock puppets

With just some socks you can build fun characters for your child to interact with. Make up stories and put on a play to help their imagination grow.…

Where’s Your Nose?

You can start playing this game at any time, but your baby won’t join in until he’s 3 or 4 months. Start simply: Ask, “Where’s your nose?” then point and say, “There it is!” Repeat the nose a few…

Lap Games

As soon as your child can hold her head up, sit her on your lap. Gently rock or bounce her while you sing or recite a rhyme. Surprise her at the end by dipping her down. ‘Row, Row the…

Pat-a-cake

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake baker’s man Bake me a cake as fast as you can Pat it and prick it and mark it with “B” Put it in the oven for baby and me For baby and me For baby and…

Discovery baskets

A quick look around the house will provide inspiration to fill a discovery basket. Different size balls, bracelets, scarves, fruit and veg, even leaves, cones and sticks from the garden. Think about different colours, textures, smells and themed objects.…

Face discovery

From day one your baby loves faces. Looking at albums together or photos is a lovely way to bond & tell stories about all the people they will soon know. Older babies will love to hear you describe how…

This Little Piggy

This little piggy went to market, This little piggy stayed at home, This little piggy had roast beef, This little piggy had none. And this little piggy went… “Wee wee wee” all the way home……

Baa Baa Black Sheep

Baa, baa, black sheep, Have you any wool? Yes sir, yes sir, Three bags full. One for the master, One for the dame, And one for the little boy Who lives down the lane…

Incey Wincey Spider

Incy Wincy spider climbing up the spout Down came the rain and washed the spider out Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain And Incy Wincy spider climbed up the spout again…

5 Currant Buns

FIVE currant buns in a baker’s shop, Round and fat with a cherry on top. Along came a boy with a penny one day, Bought a currant bun and took it away.   FOUR currant buns in a baker’s…

10 Fat Sausages

Ten fat sausages sizzling in a pan Ten fat sausages sizzling in a pan One went ‘pop’ and the other went ‘bang’ Now there’s eight fat sausages sizzling in a pan   Eight fat sausages sizzling in a pan…

Olabella’s Lullaby

(Twinkle Twinkle tune) Olabella butterfly Sings each night a lullaby Jiffy listens peacefully While they sit under a tree Olabella butterfly Sings each night under the sky … Chat about lullabies What lullaby is your favourite? Which lullaby did…

Light friends

Smiling Ray, come and play Turn it now from night to day Twinkle Izzy, twinkle bright Make it sparkle through the night Silver with your gentle light Rock baby to sleep tonight…

Silver the Dancing Moon

Silver is a happy moon Who spins and dances too She comes out every single night To watch out over you … Remember your dancing days – Did you dance as a child? Did you go to lessons? Did you act…

New day with Ray

When Ray rises high in the morning It means it’s a bright new day Wake up, get up, have your nappy changed Let’s see what we’ll learn today! … Chat about the morning routine and what you’ll do today…

Peekaboo

Once your baby is 4 to 5 months old, she’ll be fascinated as you pop up from behind your hands. By 6 to 8 months, she’ll be playing along, hiding and then giggling when she makes eye contact. Your…

Musical beats

Add music to your rhyme time or dancing. Simple shakers are best to begin with. Go wild, no one is watching!…

Memory

Borrow toys from older siblings or friends to introduce new words to baby. Memory played ‘the easy way’ is a lovely visual stimulus for your chatter.…

Hide and seek basket

As baby grows and develops his pincer grip, you can super-size the discovery basket. Increase the fun by ‘hiding’ the objects in shredded paper or raffia. Rather than just say what each item is, ask a question and then…

Warm, Sunny Ray

Ray’s a big and sunny friend That helps us through the day He helps us grow, he keeps us warm And guides us on our way … Chat about the sun and its importance The sun is the biggest…