Children love playing with balls of all shapes and sizes. And with good reason: balls are great for group play, organised sports or just playing by yourself. They are also suitable for a variety of age groups (from babies to children and even adults).
“Ring a Ring a Rosie” is usually a group activity, but it is fun to play with just you and your baby. As well as being fun, this game assists in sensory and language development.
Using instruments allows your baby to experience concepts such as shape, weight, texture and sound. Shakers help to develop fine and gross motor skills while having some noisy fun.
Playing with wet sponges of differing textures assists in the development of fine motor and cognitive skills.
Putting on a light show provides the opportunity to improve your baby’s visual development and their fine motor skills.
It’s never too early to introduce your baby to reading and storytelling. It can improve your baby’s cognitive functions and emotional development, and their language development in particular.
“Where is Thumbkin?” is a lovely game to play with your baby. As well as being fun, it can assist in their sensory and language development.
Check out our Hamilton South Baby Playgroup if you have a baby under one and are thinking of joining a playgroup.
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Mothercraft nurse, Chris Minogue, answers one of Kinderling Radio listener’s question on how to keep their child safe on the ground.