Puppets

If you have some puppets you can have a great time putting on plays for each other or role playing with them. Make up stories and give the characters names.  When you have used the names enough see if…

Little rock star

Look around you (normally in the kitchen) and you will find an amazing orchestra of instruments: Some pans and wooden spoon = drum kit A container filled with rice or pasta = maraca A cardboard box and some elastic…

Bubbles

Blow bubbles into the air and announce ‘bubble time’.  Encourage you little one to move around and pop them by directing them to ones that may be floating away.  What a great way to start introducing your child to…

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…

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…

Ball Games / Bean-bag Games

An easy way to boost your child’s self-esteem is to introduce them to some of your favourite catching games using a bean bag rather than a ball. It moves more slowly through the air and is easier to grip,…

Simon Says

Mummy, daddy, grandma or anyone else fun is designated Simon, your little one and his friends or siblings are the players. Standing in front of the group, Simon tells the players what they must do. Here comes the catch, the players…

Sleeping Lions

Nice to play with more than one child & great fun in or out of doors. They are the lion, you are the hunter. They have to lie as still as possible whilst you chat to them, trick them…

Toddler Hopscotch

One way to help your toddler burn off some energy whilst introducing them to numbers. Use some chalk and make a hopscotch grid outside or duct tape can be used inside on a rainy day. Number the squares from…

Play-Dough

This super-easy playdough recipe is the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon inside. It’s quick enough to hold a young child’s attention and you only need a few ingredients. It can be stored in an air-tight bag or container. If your…

Sand / Water Play

Great for developing motor skills, but also just great fun. No need for expensive equipment or even to confine it to the garden. Fill a shallow seed tray with sand and a spoon or hands can be used to…

Rolling-a-ball

Even before your baby is mobile he can enjoy playing with a ball. As soon as he is able to sit independently, encourage him to roll the ball to you and you back to him. This can be played…

Mirror Play

Baby will start to recognise himself in a mirror. A child-safe mirror can be explored as the child begins to realise it is their own reflection in the mirror. Prompt conversations by asking ‘who is it?’ or ‘where has baby gone?’ when the…

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…

Ten Green Bottles

Ten green bottles standing on the wall Ten green bottles standing on the wall And if one green bottle should accidentally fall There’ll be nine green bottles standing on the wall Nine green bottles standing on the wall Nine…

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……

Polly Put the Kettle On

Polly put the kettle on, Polly put the kettle on, Polly put the kettle on, We’ll all have tea. Sukey take it off again, Sukey take it off again, Sukey take it off again, They’ve all gone away.…

Row Row Row Your Boat

Row, row, row your boat Gently down the stream Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily Life is but a dream. Row, row, row your boat Gently up the creek If you see a little mouse Don’t forget to squeak! Row, row,…

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…

The Wheels on the Bus

The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round. The wheels on the bus go round and round, all day long. The wipers on the bus go Swish, swish, swish; Swish, swish, swish;…

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…

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…